Steel Pole Bathtub - Train to Miami
You should listen to this. It’s from one of my favorite albums. It’s good.
Left Chicago, left the filth.Hopped a boxcar, headed south.
Lust with 13 Siamese twins. Bought for science, kept for skin.
Interesting facts about Steel Pole Bathtub members:
- This song was used in the television ad for Left 4 Dead.
- Mike Morasky is a video game and film composer and works for Valve, where he wrote music for Portal 2, Team Fortress2, Left For Dead and other games. He’s also a digital artist who worked on the Lord of the Rings and Matrix trilogies
- Dale Flattum is a graphic artist whose book Tooth was successfully funded through Kickstarter (thanks for the heads up, Shane)
Like most of the record, this particular song is surreal, noisy, weird, disturbing, haunting and addicting. The repeated chorus of “these are my friends now” over a staccato bass, the cacophony of sounds in the background, the whispers about church burning and satan, the short scream; it’s what the circus might sound like if you smoked a bowl of crack before entering the big tent. You’d think that putting all these sounds together might make a mess, but Steel Pole Bathtub makes it work.
The whole album is at once disturbing and riveting. Bozeman, Carbon, Waxl, I could try to define each song for you but it would take far more words than anyone wants to read.
You should listen to it.