by Sean Jewell::
I remain deliberately willfully ignorant about all things SCAC. Aside from looking up a few photos, and listening to CIPHER as a result of a dead drop by a trusted publicist. I quickly realized after listening that certain obfuscation –an intentional chiaroscuro is a big part of SCAC’s composition.
That and some brilliant arrangements. This is extremely experimental roots music moving from wicked gospel to twangy country to distorted outlaw while seamlessly holding to a theme. It’s a haunting, heavy album about a hopeful christian cult acknowledging their worldly imperfections.
From the press release:
Originally released in 2008, Cipher is the most cohesive SCAC album but also the most mysterious. Cipher is a deliberate puzzle loaded with coded language. The idea that braces are used to straighten crooked humanity provides a structure, but this code rewards effort to unpack the many messages it contains; many more relevant now than ever. Compared to its predecessors, this set of songs sounds more hopeful and expansive, a quality that was always there but this time out the brighter sides of the songwriting were emphasized.
The album is being re-issued on June 2. This 2017 re-issue will be a double vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve and marks the first release of the album on the Auto Club’s label, SCACUNINCORPORATED. The band will be playing select MidWest dates this Summer preceded by an extensive European tour.