JOIN DAN SARTAIN
ONE LITTLE INDIAN 02.10.06
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, who is this man standing before you today? The Punisher of Shenanigans? The Veiny Transformer? The Ivory Godfather? According to John Reis of Swami Records, Dan Sartain is all of these and more, yet on the evidence of his third album, Join Dan Sartain I put it to you that he should be known as The Quentin Tarantino of Indie Music!
In ‘Thought It Over’ and ‘I Wanted It So’ Sartain has created two tracks that would regularly feature on the playlist at Jack Rabbit Slim’s with John Travolta and Uma Thurman dancing the mashed potato and other such funky boogies to.
Sartain’s influences are as equally diverse with the album’s artwork showing depictions of inspirations Johnny Cash and Mike Tyson, as well as a Transformer and GI Joe. And with a black suited Sartain on the front cover taking aim at his own cranium, it is difficult not to recall Reservoir Dogs.
Just like Tarantino, Sartain also has a penchant for the Mexican with Mariachi Real de San Diego appearing on ‘Flight Of The Finch’ and ‘Besa Me Mucho’; the latter originally written in the 1940s by Consuelo Velazquez. Join Dan Sartain’s other cover, ‘Second Coming’ has an introduction reminiscent of the theme tune to the Munsters which would surely fill video store geek Tarantino with glee.
Although Dan Sartain doesn’t have an Oscar or a Palme D’Or on his mantelpiece he has received deserved praise from critics and was even listed on the NME Cool List in 2005. However Sartain isn’t interested in the dominion of cool and makes his views on parasitic leeches clear on ‘Hangers On’,
“If I’m in my home town / Or I’m across the sea / No matter where I go the Hangers On come after me / Well, if you’re the Hangers On then let me sing my songs alone”
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury I present to you Dan Sartain - The Quentin Tarantino of Indie Music! The defence rests.