Deep Cuts: Slow Descent

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Deep CutsThe newest single by Houston, Texas based band DEEP CUTS came along at a good time, a perfect backdrop to some of the history I’ve been delving into from the old West, particularly around Houston/Galveston, the rail line due west and even into Mexico post-war. The band’s social media page claims the band “writes songs about ideas, Romance, Houston, Galveston Island, and the void”, which synchs up well.

The single “Slow Descent” is an epic tale inspired by surf music, indie rock, pistoleros and no doubt a history of Texas and surrounding areas rich and violent and even tragic past in the 1800s. Houston and even Galveston were epicenters where some of the famous gunfighters of the West congregated and passed through post-war, eventually exploding in a Gold Rush atmosphere with the steady advent of the railroad west toward San Antonio in the 1870s, as a stream of saloon towns sprung up within a matter of months, attracting drifters, cattleman and foreign financiers alike. “Indian” raids had lessened but were still ongoing.

For those up on the area history, the music definitely hits a pleasing raw nerve, and is great music to inspire us all to dig into the rich western history that is slowly being uncovered as the digital age expands. That or drink a cerveza, fire a six-shooter skyward, and let out a few yelps.

Highly recommended.

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