“A dark, mystical air hangs thick as a hot night on the bayou when Soda and His Million Piece Band convene. And with echoes of Dr. John's Cajun honky-tonk and Nick Cave's raw tales of woeful life and love, the band's self-titled debut could serve as a dusty, horn-and-mandolin-filled soundtrack to "Carnivale." That it comes as a brainchild of Soda -- former guitarist of the mid-'90s MTV flash Wax, a band best known for its Spike Jonze-directed video of a guy on fire running -- could come as a surprise.”
“Soda used to light up the frets in the kinetic pop punk band Wax, and among the many other members are more than a few seasoned hardcore punks. Theirs is the twilight world of dirt roads and mysterious groves of trees and the open prairie full of strangers on the outskirts of town. It's dusty and greasy, tender and cold-hearted all at once. "Lakeshore" is a sad-eyed waltz, a goodbye letter from a man who just can't be bothered to try anymore. "Christine" features some plucked and reverbed guitar and shuffling rhythms and some crazy blowing on a mic'd harmonica. These 10 tracks are all vignettes of American gothic, stories of the cold landscape of the great empty spaces, played by a fantastically crowded band. On slower numbers, like "Sinnerman" the multitude of musicians create their own thread in the tapestry of the song. Far from playing all over each other, they open up the space in the music." ”
"Like the bastard lovechild of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Tom Waits in Sin City, shitfaced via Jack Daniels. Or ZZTop on Morphine... I couldn't decide which.