The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns “Dark Days, Dark Nights”
The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns sound blurs the distinction between the past, the present, and they have shown the way to the future with their 2010 double album release, “Dark Days, Dark Nights”.
The songs on “Dark Days, Dark Nights” tell tales of loss, hitting bottom, and redemption. The ten-panel accordion insert includes exclusive artwork from Jim Smith, the co-creator of the Ren and Stimpy Show.
Producing is the Clowns’ founder Quentin Jones. Mixing and post-production is by Tom "T-Bone Edmonds", the classic engineer of Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell. Edmonds is also one of Lenny Kravitz’s engineers. The Cd is released world- wide by Lanark Records.
1. 401 Overture
2. Cold, Cold, Cold
3. Dark Days and Dark Nights
4. Wicket Ways
5. I Wasn’t Enough for You
7. Good Day to Die
8. Exit 14
9. Come On
10. Bad Dudes Too
11. My Dog Found Jesus
12. Nights Like This
14. Great Dictator
15. Jesus and Satan
16. Cocaine and Cadillac’s
17. My Shit Back
18. Done Fxxx Up Again
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Dark Days and Dark Nights
Jesus and Satan
A Good Day to Die
Bad Dudes Too
Cocaine and Cadillac's
Fangoria Magazine on line (Feb 8, 2011)
For all the indie and major label CDs I have reviewed over the years, I have to admit to being a rather harsh critic. Way too many times in the past, great CD cover art has lured me into my favorite pair of headphones in hopes that the music might live up to its awesome product packaging. And too many times I have ended the experience thinking that a ”five-minute freeform jazz exploration” (quoted from the cult film SPINAL TAP) would have been better instead.
With that being said, I warmly welcomed the latest and fifth impressive release, DARK DAYS, DARK NIGHTS (Lanark Records), a very enjoyable and intense listening experience from The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns, an all-original psychobilly band hailing from Lancaster, PA.
The first thing you will notice about the new album is the very hip full color artwork and CD layout in comic book style, created by Jim Smith, best known as art director/comic book artist for the popular animated series REN & STEMPY. It’s hard to ignore the most important aspect of The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns, their original music, which could not be duplicated by another band in either studio or the live show aspect. Out of the chock-full 19-song CD, there is truly not a bad song on the disc and it can be listened to in its entirety, from song one, straight through to song 19. I can totally hear their songs included in an upcoming Quentin Tarantino film, and The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns would fit the background application perfectly!
It’s easy to see why the band has performed in major clubs all over the country and recently completed a West Coast tour from LA to Seattle, which proved the band can draw killer crowds any night of the week with their live show! The music has the heart and spirit of punk, mixed with the darkness of the blues, the joy of surf, ’60s rock ’n’ roll, and a ‘lil country Western too. Even the LA Lakers and Kings have featured The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns music on sports radio KTLK game coverage! Print media has also embraced the band and they’ve received coverage overseas, as well as stateside.
I know a lot of music fans aren’t buying CDs anymore, mainly MP3s these days, but please do your ears a favor and listen to The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns, purchase DARK DAYS, DARK NIGHTS on CD here and make sure to go see a live show soon!
More songs about bad woman, getting rid of bad woman, mayhem. Jesus, killing, torture ,hippy chicks and getting on with life. If you haven't heard of RARC ,you should, they may be the best band your missing out on. Some people think these guys are sick. But what they are is funny. daring ,original and outside of the box and not your average psychobilly band.
That said Dark Days Dark Nights(their 4th cd) is truly a stellar album.19 songs ranging from country to psychobilly and what’s in between ."Cold,Cold,Cold" should be a hit but won't and if most DJs had balls it would .Hell every song here is better than good. If your dog found Jesus would you tell us, RARC not only sing about that but pull it off. On Dark Days Dark Nights the band is on top of their game and that makes them one of the best American bands currently out there. This is not an album you should have, it is an album you must have!! Chaos has shown up with a rubber hose
Twisted Hillbilly Magazine
The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns have done it again with their release of Dark Days ‘Dark Nights.
Out of the 400 and something bands we have heard in the last year Reach Around Rodeo Clowns are our favorite. These guys are talented enough in my opinion to blow away anything on the modern scene.
The Album is spectacular its dark but has the wonderful tone of a masterpiece. It is a evolving diversion from our last exposure to the band. Reflecting not only their long standing tradition of twisted but also musically fantastic.
Go get it now at the links below you will not be sorry!
Twisted Hillbilly Magazine
“Are you kidding out of the 400 and something bands we have heard in the last year Reach Around Rodeo Clowns are our favorite. These guys are talented enough in my opinion to blow away anything on the modern scene. We want to do all that we can to spread the word. This album is spectacular”
Moe Hillbilly Editor
Twisted Hillbilly Magazine
Moe Hillbilly Editor - Twisted Hillbilly Magazine (Feb 15, 2011)
Big Wheel Magazine
Wow! Could there be a more perverse psycho Billy band to hail from Pennsylvania? Probably not! Thankfully where most psycho Billy bands end up sounding stale and all too alike, The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns venture off in their own unique Americana filled direction on “Dark Days, Dark Nights“.
Certainly not in the same vein as the Tiger Boys, the Reach Arounds are paying homage musically to Elvis, channeling the guitar riffage of Roy Orbison and borrowing some Dave Vanian ala Phantom Chords atmosphere for some good ol dirty Psychobilly by way of country, 60’s surf rock, punk and hillbilly b movie trash.
The 19 songs available for eargasmic pleasure are all worthy of the finest praise, and that is what I’m giving this record, my seal of approval. If you enjoy songs about Jesus, Satan, drugs, pawn shops and Cadillac’s then this will be your favorite album of the year.
Big Wheel Staff Reporter
Louie B - Big Wheel Magazine LA (Apr 28, 2011)