What can be said that hasn’t been said many years over when discussing two musical icons like Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss? How can you accurately summarize a career of musical infamy and notoriety that spans beyond the lifespan of most dedicated music fans. Beneath the core of complex overproduced and often sterile corporate engineered musicianship beats the fragile heart of the caretakers of music. These men are truly icons and beacons of creative genius in sea of mediocrity.
The current album of “Walk Thee Invisible” was released in 2011 to an unsuspecting audience. Based on the resumes of vocalist Sean Wheeler (Throw Rag) and multi-instrumentalist Zander Schloss (Circle Jerks, the Weirdos, Joe Strummer), you’d expect a rambunctious sound emanating from the Legendary Duo, but you’d be wrong. The twosome plays a hybrid of folk, country, pop, ragtime, bluegrass and gospel that includes all the frenzied energy and spirit of the duo’s aforementioned bands, but is executed with a soulful dash of Americana charm not often heard west of the Mississippi. This EP captures the spirit of West Coast Roots Music.
To bare witness to the majestic flamingo - esque contortions of Sean Wheeler on stage is a truly magical experience, his body twisting and heaving; sweating and almost in a trance like state, he seems to channel the inner ghost of a sinning southern baptist preacher. Always the consummate snappy dresser, his body adorned with silk scarves, a well fitted performance suit he dances about the stage with bird like precision, for some lucky fans they may even be in for the occasional crow or caw as he bounces through the set.
His gesticulations toward the sky during each set almost summoning a deeper power from above, Sean Wheeler seems to find himself most comfortably in a purgatory of artistic enlightenment and sweat stained ruffled prom shirts, his mind circling his next lyric and chasing it down like a thirsting man dragging himself to an oasis in the desert. Sean Wheeler is the true musician, his is a vagabond living free on his talents, his travels tomorrow not always planned; the certainty he always maintains is the next gig, the next song and moving down the road and never looking back in regret, only fulfillment and personal growth.
The technical wizardry of Zander Schloss is the perfect compliment for Sean Wheeler; Zander's laughable inner curmudgeon is the perfect foil for Sean's irreverence and balance to his free flowing style. Although both artists approach the creative path differently, their contrasting styles are what seal Sean and Zander as true partners bonded in song. Without iconic roots acts like this we would truly be lost as a society of music enthusiasts, this is music as it should be taught and as we should educate our children. This is music to stand the true test of time - this is Sean and Zander.
2. So Low She Rose
3. 2nd & Hill
4. Kissing Rust
5. Song About Songs
6. Wish I would
8. Comin' As I'm Goin'