Slim Cessna's Auto Club

Slim Cessna's Auto Club

The Bad Things, Sterling Serpent

Sat Feb 11 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Slim Cessna's Auto Club
Slim Cessna's Auto Club
In September 2016, Slim Cessna's Auto Club is releasing its new album The Commandments According to
SCAC. It has been twenty-four years since Slim Cessna parted ways with The Denver Gentlemen, that grand
progenitor of the peculiar strain of Gothic Americana unique to the Mile High City, to form Slim Cessna's Auto
Club with a group of talented peers.
Many bands with a long and successful run like that would stick close to its roots. But rather than rest on
well-earned laurels, the Auto Club challenged itself to break with well-worn modes of operating for the new

Wallace Stenger may have captured the spirit of the west in his 1971 novel Angle of Repose. Jim Thompson
surely exposed the lurid underbelly of the Western experience. Cormac McCarthy definitely evoked the
conflicted, tortured spirit of small town life on the frontier. William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor
informed all of them with a humor and soulfulness. It is that literary tradition that imbues the harrowing and
celebratory sound and riveting stories of Slim Cessna's Auto Club. And for a full twenty years it was largely in
that realm of art that the Auto Club reveled and garnered a loyal cult following well beyond the boundaries of
The Queen City of the Plains.
But no band can be satisfied with treading the same territory that it helped to define forever. The
Commandments According to SCAC, will be the first full length album of original material released on the
Auto Club's own imprint, SCACUNINCORPORATED.
The title evokes the themes of cosmic punishment and redemption that have served the band's songwriting
engine so well in the past. But this set of songs sounds more hopeful and expansive, a quality that was always
there but this time out the brighter sides of the songwriting are emphasized. Hints of this saw early full-flown
expression on 2008's Cipher and Unentitled from 2011.
With The Commandments, however, the Auto Club seems to step forward into the promise of its own
possibilities. It remains capable of the heady darkness and celebratory intensity with which it made its name.
Now that charmingly dusky and spare sound breathes with a color and delicacy of feeling that perhaps sat in
the background in times past. Maybe it's partly due to the greater creative contributions from longtime
collaborator Rebecca Vera and The Peeler or the inclusion of upright bass player Ian O'Dougherty. But
the core of the band's songwriting and sound is anchored firmly in the vision of Slim, Munly Munly and
Lord Dwight Pentacost.

Whatever the true source of this transformation, The Commandments According to SCAC sounds like a band
marshalling its creative inspiration to mark out a new chapter of its existence. When you get to see the Auto
Club tour following the album's release, you'll get to see an already mighty band reinvigorated by this new
spirit as well as by the fire that has long burned in its collective belly.
The Bad Things
The Bad Things
In 2002. The Bad Things were formed out of the ashes of A Midnite Choir, a cult favorite in the, then burdgeoning, Seattle underground cabaret scene.

Upon the demise of the Choir, members Jimmy the Pickpocket (accordion, vocals) and Mad Wilcox (upright bass, musical saw) began playing new songs on the wet, Seattle sidewalks under the "Bad Things" moniker (a name taken from the Midnite Choir's ode to alcohol DT's "Physical Withdrawals"), eventually growing into the 6-piece ensemble that you see today.

They recorded their first CD with the legendary local producer Kearney Barton (The Sonics, The Ventures, The Kingsmen, etc.) which was released on their own label Silent City Records. The Bad Things quickly gained a reputation for "drunken debauchery" and "feverish dancing" at their live shows, and their theatrical aesthetic sealed their reputation as Seattle's premier "Junkyard Cabaret" band.

The group has built up a large and ridiculously devoted cult following through their reputation, three successful West Coast tours, and hundreds of local shows – including shows with national bands like DeVotchKa, Balkan Beat Box, Firewater, Woven Hand, Slim Cessnas Autoclub, Stephin Merrit and the Gothic Archies, Johnny Dowd, Jason Webley, Baby Gramps, Circus Contraption, Calvin Johnson, Man Man, World/Inferno Friendship Society, Faun Fables, Morris Teper, and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.

They've also been featured in popular festivals like the Nortwest Folklife Festival, Bumbershoot, The Georgetown Music Festival, The Seattle International Cabaret Festival, Seattle Weekly's REVERB Festival, and their annual Halloween showcase of the hottest acts in the cabaret underground: Cabaret Macabre.

The Bad Things have been highly active in the rich Seattle cabaret scene providing soundtracks to dozens of theatrical, burlesque, aerial, and cabaret shows including "The Breaking" – a live theatrical production based entirely on The Bad Things' music performed by The Can Can's Castaways and directed by Armitage Shanks of Circus Contraption. They provided the soundtrack for a documentary about the Seattle burlesque scene as part of's $5 Cover web series and even provided the soundtrack to a Dunder Mifflin paper commercial!

In 2010 The Bad Things collaborated with Danbert Nobacon, the co-founder of UK anarcho-pop legends Chumbawamba. The album was entitled "Woebegone" and was released in the Fall of 2010 on Nobacon's Verbal Burlesque Records. Nobacon has become a semi-regular guest in Bad Things shows since and the band has added his song "Evolution 9″ to their setlist.

After losing their practice space to fire in the spring of 2012 and losing two musical compatriots in the Cafe Racer shootings of that same spring, The Bad Things spent the rest of the year recouping their losses and playing benefit gigs.

Since late 2012 and early 2013, the band has been hard at work on the fourth Bad Things record. After such a long silence, they plan to return to the public eye with their finest, most mature work to date. You have been warned!.
Venue Information:
109 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA, 98109