You might be able to search the earth and find a batch of heavy rock weirdos with as much charm as the Linus Pauling Quartet — because, hey, it’s a big planet — but I can safely guarantee you’re not going to have an easy time of it, and unless you’re ultra-stubborn and committed to the quest, it’s probably just going to be easier to hand the title over to the Houston five-piece and call it even. They made their label debut through Vincebus Eruptum Recordings early this year with Ampalanche (review here) and ran a gamut from flute-laden riffs to drones running more than three quarters of an hour, proving once again that while they’re definitely the kind of band who might line their press shot with empty bottles of Shiner Bock, they’re also just about limitless in their creativity.
And when it comes to the charm referenced above, that’s definitely a major factor as well. To wit, their new video that premieres today for “Brisket” tells the all-too-true (allegedly) story of LP4 guitarist/vocalist Charlie Naked who, hungover, missed a barbecue and went on a pilgrimage for the titular smoked meat. If you’re not simultaneously laughing and hungry by the time his journey takes him into the woods to meet the Meat Wizard — yup — gain his power and fulfill his beefy destiny while the band plays out a psychedelic break with tips on rubs and how long to smoke brisket, well, I simply have nothing for you. You’ll also note that Naked‘s beard length changes at several points throughout the clip. This is completely unexplained and unaddressed by the band. Once again: Charm.
They tell their own story below better than I could ever hope to, so I won’t delay any further except to say that if you haven’t yet checked out Ampalanche, I’ve added the full stream from Bandcamp to the bottom of this post — which I don’t usually do for something like a video premiere since obviously if there’s any single piece of media I want you to pay attention to, it’s the one being premiered — because that’s how worth your time I think it is.
Info and audio follow the video. Enjoy:
The Linus Pauling Quartet, “Brisket” official video
Do you smell that, friends? The scent of smoke rising from the mesquite fired hecatombs across the state of Texas as it rises to the pleasure of the Gods and Goddesses of Barbecue. This ritual sacrifice of cattle that is carefully overseen by the Meat Wizards across the state as they imbibe in an elixir of barley and hops is a sacred rite among Texians.
We here at the LP4 are no strangers to this ritual yet sometimes when we (OK, Charlie) are drinking and carrying on like Sir John Falstaff at Glitter Karaoke, we may find ourselves oversleeping. This indeed is the nightmare Charlie found himself in one Saturday morning when he awoke to find that he was running late to a Blood Brothers BBQ. Having missed the Brisket, he set about writing the words that grace this track from the LP4s latest release, Ampalanche on Italy’s Vincebus Eruptum Records.
The video you are about to see is inspired by these events with a wink and a nod to Joe Massot.
“Brisket” is the first video of the latest album, Ampalanche, by the Linus Pauling Quartet
For more on Blood Brothers BBQ visit facebook.com/BloodBrosBBQ
Pequod Films Presents – The Linus Pauling Quartet’s “Brisket”
Starring Charlie Naked and his amazing randomized beard length and introducing Clinton Heider as The Meat Wizard.
Director/Editor/Storyboard/Camera: Ramon Medina, with assistance and suggestions from Charlie Naked, Clinton Heider, Stephen Finley, and Larry Liska.
The Linus Pauling Quartet:
Stephen Finley: Bass
Clinton Heider: Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
Larry Liska: Drums
Ramon Medina: Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
Charlie Naked: Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar