The cool thing about seeing Denver-based Slim Cessna's Auto Club live is watching the music speak to the band members as strongly as it does to the audience.
Slide guitar, accordion, yodeling and piano carry the tall tales of Cessna and co-frontman Munly Munly (Nosferatu with a mustache) through SCAC's cow-punk goth-country American sound. Watching them is like being at a tent revival--a common comparison used when Slim Cessna and the Auto Club come up--and Cessna's 6-foot-plus stature certainly adds to the preacher-spreading-the-word-to-his-flock visage.
Seeing the band play--especially the intimate interaction between Cessna and Munly--evokes a fundamentalist Christian meeting where a shaman is postulating the import of voodoo tradition. It's strange, it's unsettling, it's intriguing and it's enticing. You want to belong. You want to be let in on the secret. You want to know why songs off their 2008 release Cipher (Alternative Tentacle) are titled "That Fierce Cow Is Common Sense In A Country Dress," and "Jesus Is In My Body--My Body Has Let Me Down." The answers are there, in a live SCAC show. Go. But be prepared to renounce any half-assed alliances you may have; you'll want to join the Church of SCAC.
Wednesday, Sept. 30, with Poke, 8 p.m., $8 advance, $10 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886.