Dead for Days
Recorded in an abandoned funeral parlor, Broken Napoleons' debut CD blends straight-ahead rock hooks with edge-of-consciousness journeys into the haunted soul of the American South. With the release of Dead for Days, the band are creating their own niche in the crowded rock and roll scene. The trio developed their sound playing shows over the past couple of years around their hometown of Charlotte, NC, and manages to straddle the seemingly irreconcilable chasm between the tight song structures and aesthetic of indie rock, and the real-time exploratory mode of improv-driven jambands. Combined with an almost-but-not-quite-country storytelling sensibility, the music evokes an edge-of-consciousness vibe of driving at twilight on lesser traveled roads through strange towns across the American South, where sordid tales lurk just beneath the surface and the situation can always turn on a dime.