The Textones (from the album Midnight Mission on Omnivore Recordings) - The Textones released two albums that have been given another look at life through recent Omnivore Recordings releases. Several years apart, the albums featured Carla Olson and crew creating an early version of Americana, structuring its Alt Country with a heavier foot in the Rock camp Roots.
Midnight Mission was the 1984 debut for The Textones. The sound surfed an anthemic new wave as it hit the shores of big rock. Carla Olson could prowl like a big rock cat across the stage, though it was her Indie affections for lesser known rock royalty such as Gene Clark and The Rolling Stones’ Mick Taylor that put her left of center on the Rock radio dial.
The Textones rose out of the Los Angeles Roots shoot of the late 1980’s, opening Midnight Mission with a Roots Rock force (“Standing in Line”) that pre-dates the future beats of LA’s Lone Justice hit “Sweet, Sweet Baby”, nips guitar chops from The Rolling Stones with the Keith-like chords of “Luck Don’t Last Forever”, and puts a rock’n’roll fire remodel to Bob Dylan’s “Clean Cut Kid”. The Textones never let go of the unwritten duty of rock to inspire by numbers as they count “Number One is to Survive”, rock a late 80’s guitar chords bathed in a blue collar light for “Hands of the Working Man”, and find salvation in the eyes of the brother and sister standing next to you in the title track as they ‘line up down at the midnight mission…thank god for humanity’.
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