Rancho Notorious
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Rancho Notorious

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So far only a couple of live recordings are available.
Live at the Black Cat 5-30-04 &
Live at the Velvet Lounge


Feeling a bit camera shy


Rancho Notorious formed in late 2003 from the ashes of The Perfect Souvenir, a short-lived, jazz-influenced, instrumental quintet based in Washington, D.C. Three members of that group—Joe, Mike and Brian—continued playing together & the music took them in a new direction. Joe had previously performed guitar and vocals in seminal D.C. bands such as Hoover and The Crownhate Ruin, played with Him, the Boom, Sea Tiger, Admiral, and is still a member of The Sorts. Mike played electric and upright bass in Oswego and Vita Bruno. Brian drummed in the swing group Joker’s Wild. Initially inspired by Frank Zappa's movie "Baby Snakes" yet stream-lined to a trio/small group feel. Now fueled by multiple pots of coffee and Brian's famous peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Rancho Notorious has turned up the amps, playing its first show at D.C.’s Black Cat in January 2004. These guys play serious rock. And they really mean it about the buzzards.
Rancho Notorious' influences range from Talk Talk, Mark Hollis, .O.Rang, Radiohead, Neu!, The Medications, Husker Du, Sonny Sharrock, Ernest Ranglin, PJ Harvey, Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Frank Zappa, Mission of Burma, Television, Bullet Union, St. Germain, Grant Green, Low, Tony Williams, Tony Allen, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Charles Mingus, Grachan Moncur III, "Tain" Watts, The Minutemen/fIREHOSE, Black Flag, Rites of Spring, the Police, Elvin Jones, Jackie McLean, Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, the Mars Volta, TV on the Radio, the Cure believe it or not, Brian likes Interpol...
Sounds Like Kind of a cross between the Crownhate Ruin if they had been listening to Radiohead whilst Joe found Grant Green, Ernest Ranglin, Frank Zappa, & Sonny Sharrock and tried to turn it all into Talk Talk. The Police with not as pretty sounding vocals. With an Elvin Jones/Tony Williams attitude & "feel".