It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the good fellas in A.M. Interstate, the Redmond-based, brother-fueled rock band that’s had as much beyond-the-region success as just about any act that calls Central Oregon home.
Since the 2008 release of its third album “Kimono Dragon,” Seth and Cy Erickson have played around the world, never sacrificing the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. (Translation: They were banned from playing in the U.K. last year. I hope to tell you the story on Frequency some day.) They’ve also been hard at work at Cy’s home studio, Chateau de Mente, on the follow-up effort, “Love Your Sniper.”
Well, “Sniper” is done, although it’s not out yet; the brothers are shopping the album around to record labels, looking for a deal. But a quick trip through an advance copy finds the Ericksons moving further from the cosmic Americana sound of their past work and more toward a psych-roots-rawk feel, like The Beatles jamming with Neil Young in a dive bar where the jukebox plays My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless” on repeat, eternally. (That would be a sweet bar.)
“Sniper” has a sense of momentum that the meandering “Kimono Dragon” sometimes lacked; two listens in, it sounds like the best work of the band’s catalog so far. Want to hear it? You can: Saturday’s show at Silver Moon will be a split set, with unplugged country-blues the focus at 8:30 p.m. and an electric “Sniper” set at 10 p.m.
A.M. Interstate ; 8:30 p.m. Saturday; $5; Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-388-8331 or www.myspace .com/silvermoonbrewing.
— Ben Salmon