MINORITY BLUES BAND: Grab the Fire Swinging in the Rain: CD

With a name like “Minority Blues Band” and an album title like this, I probably would’ve passed on this album. But it’s on Snuffy Smile and Snuffy Smile hasn’t let me down yet. And, just like the name threw me for a loop, the sound is throwing me all around the room. It’s a solid album and I can’t stop listening to it, but I’m having a hell of a time classifying it. I can’t think of any one band to compare them to, and any combination of bands that I could merge together seems nonsensical, like: Minority Blues Band sound like Snuff with Davey Tiltwheel on guitar covering the Clash’s “Janie Jones”. See. It’s nonsense. Let’s just say that they play fast and urgent and every member of the band is completely going off while keeping the song tight, and they’d be the perfect band to open up for a Dillinger Four tour of Japan.

 –Sarah Shay (Snuffy Smile)