Birmingham, Ala.-based singer/guitarist Dan Sartain and his bluesy punk band arrive this week in support of a new disc titled Too Tough to Live (One Little Indian), on which Sartain played all the instruments. “I’m an OK drummer, but I can keep a beat like a clock,” he says. “Being on time is something a lot of otherwise talented drummers can’t do.” Sartain’s been stompin’ a mash of old-school punk, trashy rockabilly, and greaser rock for 15 years. With drummer Bane Donahue and bassist Zach Evans, Sartain’s latest material is a pretty stripped-down and fuzzed-up affair. And while he plays a mash of rockabilly, punk, blues, country, and garage, he bristles at being clarified. “It’s not rockabilly or blues,” Sartain says. “People who claim either of those kinds of music are usually white douche bags. It’s not country or garage, either. I don’t even know what garage really is. Punk is the only label I’m OK with, if I had to choose. The rest of those descriptions make me sound like Hank III.” There are big chunks of old-school punk in most of Too Tough to Live — rhythmic, stripped-down, minimalist stuff that might remind listeners of the Ramones and Iggy as well as some more arty stuff like the Fall, Wire, and Swell Maps. “You got the Ramones part right,” Sartain assures. “You are very perceptive.” Expect a few Danzig renditions in his set at the Roof as well. Lily and Brad (from the Royal Tinfoil) open.
T. Ballard Lesemann