Barrence Whitfield & The Savages - "Let's Go to Mars"
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Hailing from Boston, Barrence Whitfield is the rare type of soul singer that can play with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and fit right in. With songs like his newest single, "Let's Go to Mars," Whitfield brings rock and roll and way back to it's origins in the 1950's. It's a reckless, filthy sound that is just about perfect. There's also a touch of a punk menace in there, but there was plenty of menace in 1950's rock and roll, too. I may be making it sound like it's a bit of a noisy trainwreck, which it's not, at all. "Let's Go to Mars" is catchy, with an infectious groove throughout. Plus, his new album, Soul Flowers of Titan, was inspired by Sun Ra's cosmic outlook. According to Barrence Whitfield's website:
Titan is the largest moon orbiting Saturn, a planet which astrologically symbolizes pain, struggle and hard knocks on the human path to wholeness and liberation among many other things.
Soul Flowers of Titan is a collection of songs representing our own cosmology, struggles & influences. People shooting guns, separating, coming home (someday), in love, running around, leaving this earth, going crazy, drinking coffee, and thinking about Sun Ra.
Titan’s a forbidding, poisonous place with mountains, rivers and oceans of methane and ammonia, cloaked in a dense shroud of gases. The kinds of flowers that would grow there would be the hardy beasts that survived to make this strange bouquet.
You can listen to "Let's Go to Mars" below. Barrence Whitfield's new album, Soul Flowers of Titan, will be available March 2 on Bloodshot Records. For more on Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, check out their website.