The Voodoo Horseshoes are redneck hippie stoner country freaks. I'm not being rude, that's just how the local band describes itself on its new album. Sure enough, the tunes mix a sort of libertarian sentiment ("I can go mine, you can go your own way") with psychedelic riffs, 4:20 references, Appalachian picking and a song about a platypus.
Apparently, guitarist Anthony Gordon is the lead vocalist and banjo player Tobias Roberts backs him up, but oftentimes it sounds like there are numerous voices here, singing—sometimes chanting—into outer space. Flight of the Platypus sometimes gives off a whiff of The Doors, which I could do without. But mostly it's a pretty cool album with enough creeping guitar and dynamic instrumentation to keep the jam breakdowns from ever turning to cheese.
I love "Miniature Circular Orbits" because it sounds like what would happen if you tried to have a rock and roll séance. And the rendition of the traditional tune "Cluck Ol' Hen" has a delicious molasses pace to it, punched up by what sounds like an auto-tuned banjo. The best songs come last with "The Ride," a ballad with a no-care attitude and "Platypus," which offers catchy hooks and a fakeout ending. That's good stuff.
Voodoo Horseshoes plays a CD release party at the Bitterroot Brewery Saturday, Jan. 22, at 6 PM. Free.