For a band that has survived addiction, prison, gunshots and other calamities during almost three decades, the Meat Puppets continue to put out captivating material. Brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood have established an eclectic sound that has evolved from punk rock foundations to incorporate elements of country and folk along with a strong dose of psychedelia.
Now co-headlining a tour with Dead Confederate, Meat Puppets are on the road supporting their new album Sewn Together. In a punknews.org interview, Curt said, "I don't like putting a lot of time into it. We cut a track and if we've played it halfway right, we're done with it."
While that approach might prove disastrous for a less talented band, Meat Puppets performing halfway right still sounds like genius in action.
Georgia-based Dead Confederate, who formed in 2006, have their own take on psychedelic rock, sculpting it around Southern rock motifs for dark and compelling songwriting. With crunchy guitars and driving drums, Dead Confederate makes music with a savage energy that has no problem venturing through spaced-out guitar lines but can build and rise with a vengeance sounding like the frontlines of Gettysburg.
Dead Confederate released their debut album Wrecking Ball last year, a strong and brooding journey through the South that is establishing them as a band to keep an eye on.
Thursday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m., $15 advance, $18 door. Grizzly Rose, 1124 W. Front St., 208-342-3375.