Come See My Dead Person is an odd name for a large and somewhat amorphous musical collective that makes ethereal gypsy folk-rock music (emphasis on gypsy and rock). And while we quite like the band in all its forms, sometimes an acoustic five piece, sometimes a huge electric collection of stringed instruments and people, we still have to wonder just how stoned or drunk were they the night the light bulb came on and they decided to name themselves Come See My Dead Person.
Those who have had a personal brush with the band - and CSMDP has been around quite a while now - will know that they like to play with the possibilities when asked why they chose that name. It usually involves some vague story about a possible murder or accidental killing, and they usually are rather good at making the questioner feel a bit squirmy about the whole situation.
But at the end of the day, what has kept this Galveston County crew of cousins and high school friends together is music. And their music sweeps over a listener like Taurus Bulba of the Cossacks charging toward some blood-thirsty Russian hoard with his sword drawn and no expectation of any life beyond this battle. Seriously, these people make some pretty unhinged music to have been born so close to Gilley's and the Galveston Pleasure Pier.
Saturday night at Walter's the band is having a CD release party for its first full LP, most appropriately titled "Come See My Dead Person." The single "John Doe" - which keeps repeating "bang, bang, snap, snap, oh another John Doe on the side of the road" - is a soundtrack for the waiting line to Hell. So, of course, we here at Houston Night Life love it!
- William Michael Smith
Come See My Dead Person w/ Knights of the Fire Kingdom, Vox and the Hound, Walter's, 1120 Naylor St., 77002, 713-862-2513, Dec. 8, 8:00 p.m.