Alabama Deathwalk

Alabama Deathwalk

Sleepspent, Sorrytown, Medvedi

Sat, January 20, 2018

7:00 pm

The Perch at Tricky Falls

El Paso, TX


Alabama Deathwalk - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Alabama Deathwalk
When Marty Robbins sang about El Paso, he sang about violence, regret, and unrequited love. “The Pass”, like so many other towns in the far reaches of the frontier of North America before the age of the interstate, seemed like a remote way station between a world being left behind and a world of rebirth and reinvention. It was a city of atonement. Today El Paso is a metropolis, a far cry from the dusty village of the 19th century, yet it retains the aura of an outpost, a portal between the East and the West. It’s a place where people can start over. And for those who choose to set roots in that rocky mountain soil, the city becomes a vantage point where one can witness the detritus of the past settle against the eastern slope of the Continental Divide while the future continually passes through the downtown corridor.

The geographic intersection of the ghosts of yesteryear and the electric hum of modernity is at the forefront the music of Eric Reed. For the past eight-and-a-half years, El Paso native Reed has worked under the moniker Alabama Deathwalk. Once a disciple to the heavier corners of prog-rock, Reed went through a West Texas rebirth as a singer-songwriter. His emphasis shifted from complex instrumentation to in-depth narratives—from riffs to lyrics. And here in the mountains of the Southwest, 700 miles from LA and 760 miles from the Texas/Louisiana border, Reed has spent nearly a decade honing his craft, occasionally recruiting friends to round out the project into a full band, and solidifying his reputation as one of the region’s premier songwriters.

While Alabama Deathwalk harbors vestiges of Americana traditions—acoustic guitar underpinnings, forlorn ballads, stripped down production—the music made by Reed sounds distinctly modern. Western twang has been excised in favor of the electric austerity of Weakerthans and Low. The folk parables of old country have been replaced by the kind of stark vignettes uttered by Sufjan Stevens or John Darnielle. Reed doesn’t sing about shooting a man over a lovely barmaid, but he opens the song “Friends” with the admission that he’s “lost three friends in the last two years.” El Paso may no longer be the lawless Wild West, but the undercurrent of death is still present.

Every city has its unsung troubadours, but with regional shows supporting artists like Built To Spill, Sleepercar, Deer Tick, and Porches under his belt, Reed is already pollinating his craft outside of the downtown crowd. And with a new album in the works and an upcoming tour dates on the calendar, it’s only a matter of time before Alabama Deathwalk passes beyond El Paso and into the greater national consciousness.

- Brian Cook
(Russian Circles, These Arms are Snakes, Roy, Botch)
Sleepspent - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Sorrytown - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Medvedi - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Venue Information:
The Perch at Tricky Falls
209 S. El Paso
(above Tricky Falls)
El Paso, TX, 79901