On last year’s Let’s Die Together LP, The Smoking Flowers presented an urgent and cathartic story about a couple that lives together, writes together, plays together, and simply loves life together. The album was a response to Kim Collins’ triumphant battle with breast cancer, a battle that she faced head-on with her husband and musical partner Scott Collins. The record was full of rockers, earning comparisons to The White Stripes and The Black Keys, but The Smoking Flowers also have a softer side. On companion LP Snowball Out Of Hell, they exchange electric guitars and pounding drums for stripped-down, acoustic arrangements.
Three of the songs are re-imaginations of tracks from Let’s Die Together, including the single “Snowball Out Of Hell” – which appears as “Let’s Die Together” on the 2018 LP. “Pyramids are some of the most mystical, powerful and protective structures in the history of the earth,” the band explains. “Writing, recording and producing Let’s Die Together and Snowball Out of Hell was like erecting a personal pyramid for us. When erecting a pyramid, three cornerstones are required. The songs “Here for You Now” (a love letter from Scott to Kim), “Let’s Die Together” (a love letter to each other) and “One Friend” (a love letter to a friend) were those cornerstones.”
“While the sound isn’t bluegrass, it has the feel of a bluegrass band that plays and sings around a single microphone.” -Americana Highways
“Sure to melt any heart.” -Paste
RIYL: Deer Tick, The Civil Wars, Margo Price, Michigan Rattlers, Brandi Carlile
Label: Bandaloop Records
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