Review: Slithering Beast – Delicious (Self Released, 2011)
Slithering Beast is a Kentucky five-piece that formed around singer/songwriter/guitarist, Nick Dittmeier. Though Dittmeier initially explored country and honky-tonk as respites from years of punk rock, the group has evolved a blend that pulls in the Southern soul of Wet Willie, the funky blues roots of Little Feat, some Muscle Shoals-styled horns and even a few moments of Allman-esque guitar and E-street saxophone. You can hear the band’s country-rock roots in “You/Me” and a bit of Bobby Fuller in the closing “Everywhere I Go.” This five-song EP is mixed with the punch of AM radio and the melodic hooks to earn it, but also enough rough-edges to keep things down home. It’s not clear if the band’s name really sells the rootsy warmth of their music, but a fourteen-minute spin through this new EP will tell you what you need to know.