All The Saints Fire On Corridor X on LP + Download
Psychedelic yet direct, raging but tuneful, All the Saints' debut LP Fire On Corridor X (2008) bulldozes preconceptions at volume. Named after a section of the I-22 highway connecting the trio's native Alabama to Mississippi, the cryptic title track is a hypnotic mind-meld of their primary influences, welding a Loopsized space-groove to The Gun Club's lyrical bite. "That song is about where we grew up," explains singer and guitarist Matt Lambert. "I try to have a little bit of where we're from in everything we do, without flying rebel flags and playing alt-country. The paradox of our band is that we're from the South, but you'd never be able to guess."
Lambert, bassist/co-vocalist Titus Brown and drummer Jim Crook moved to Atlanta in neighboring Georgia in 2004, attracted by the bohemian state capitol's liberal atmosphere and a fertile music scene that spawned the likes of Deerhunter and Black Lips. All The Saints came into existence a year later, their moniker inspired partly by an old Verbena song and partly by an outsized fleur-de-lis saints symbol which a tramp had spraypainted gold and sold to the nascent combo at one of their early gigs.
This duality is carried through album stand-outs "Sheffield" and "Leeds," which highlight the group's impressive range. The former is a controlled acid bath, brimful of scathing asides about small town attitudes and repression, the latter wraps its guarded existentialism in a gently reverbed jangle. "Leeds and Sheffield are both cities on the interstate in Alabama," notes the committed Anglophile, who was turned on to My Bloody Valentine, Ride and The Jesus And Mary Chain by an indie radio station his elder sister used to tape in the early '90s. "We'd see these signs on the drive to Atlanta and realize that they also correlated with cities in England."
All the Saints show that it's possible to touch souls at the same time as blitzing synapses, their front man reflecting that with many of his lysergic inspirations "the tones and the vibe are so dead-on, but sometimes the lyrics can be very secondary. I'm not saying we're Bob Dylan or anything, but we're trying to blend this music with lyrics that people can connect to."