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Don't Let Me Die At Coco's

by Stoney Spring

This album fearlessly and playfully dives into the deeper, darker themes percolating under the shiny surface of 21st Century America, but with humor, and a sensual, lyrical touch that is uniquely Stoney Spring.
Genre: Avant Garde: Avant-Americana
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1. Swimming Class
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2. A Nation's Cry
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3. Don't Let Me Die At Coco's
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4. Seed Passer
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5. Soul Song for Deaf Boy
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6. Come, Gods
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7. Shameless Hippie Sex Party
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8. A New Way
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9. Mendocino
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10. Ride That Wild Ass to Hell
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11. I Wanna Bruise Ya (With the Stain of Babylon)
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Album Notes
“Gimme some of that elf powder. Let’s go to the swimming hole.” With that gentle invocation, Stoney Spring, the singular creation of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Lacques, is back. This time around, Anthony and his fellow travelers from I See Hawks in L.A.— Rob Waller on vocals and brother Paul on lap steel— probe further into the shadows of the American dream with their eagerly awaited follow-up album, Don’t Let Me Die At Coco’s.

Sonically, Don’t Let Me Die At Coco’s expands the range heard on Right On Heliotrope!, their debut album. Stoney Spring’s unconventional sound has been compared to artists as diverse and divergent as Captain Beefheart and Big Star. Now, Coco’s adds to the mix a blast of unabashedly libidinal rock—“A Nation’s Cry,” and “Ride that Wild Ass to Hell” sound like early ‘70s Stones bootlegs—and the groovy, drugged out summertime anthem “Swimming Class, ” which sounds like a long-lost collaboration between T. Rex and Al Green.

Writing in Counterpunch, music writer Ron Jacobs says:

"Indeed, the overriding sense of this album is rhythm; rhythm with melodic enhancements that are percussive themselves. It is a unique sound that is simultaneously simple in the way a religious chant is and complex in the manner of a McCoy Tyner piano solo...Lyrically, Don’t Let Me Die at Coco’s is like a Jackson Pollock painting. Words, like Pollock’s paint, seem to be randomly splashed on the page. Yet, they create images and imagery that question beliefs and ridicule roles modern humanity in the neoliberal wasteland have assumed. Like very early Little Feat or certain Captain Beefheart songs, what appear as ramblings to the linear thinker are actually stream-of-consciousness poems inspired by a muse too few of us have met. The poems paint pictures of a reality most people never conceived. It took me a few listens to get into the groove that is this piece of art. Now, it’s in my ear almost every day.

Don’t Let Me Die at Coco’s is a delightful, eclectic and righteous effort by the musical crew called Stoney Spring. California music for the twenty-first century. Give it a spin."

Lyrically, the album is even sharper than the debut. Anthony has no problem writing catchy, soulful songs about planning for imminent class re-alliances, (“Swimming Class,” the first single) finding love amid total alienation, (“A Nation’s Cry”) the dangerous arrogance of know-it-all atheists (“Shameless Hippie Sex Party”), escaping the destruction of body and soul in the information economy (“Seed Passer”), and last but not least, the title song’s tale of hitting financial and spiritual rock bottom at a certain chain restaurant in Reno.

Lead singer Rob Waller remains the band’s true North, guiding the songs in just the right direction with his warm and instantly recognizable baritone. Anthony, more of an M.C. than a vocalist, nevertheless takes the lead on “Seed Passer” and the R&B smash hit, “I Wanna Bruise Ya (With the Stain of Babylon).” And check out Marc Doten, who in addition to his unique harmony vocals throughout the album, delivers a tour de force lead vocal on the title track.



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