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Missoula, MT | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | SELF

Missoula, MT | SELF
Established on Jan, 2007
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"Missoula's Rooster Sauce releases Fantasma dell'Opera at the Palace on Sat., Nov. 12"




November 10, 2016 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT » MUSIC

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Missoula's Rooster Sauce releases Fantasma dell'Opera at the Palace on Sat., Nov. 12
By Erika Fredrickson
It's partly the subject matter—sex, partying and monsters—that makes Rooster Sauce seem like the band equivalent of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Especially on their latest release, Fantasma dell'Opera, the local psych-rockers channel the ghoulish sci-fi atmosphere that Dr. Frank-N-Furter gleefully cultivates in his castle. The album unfolds like an opera, with characters introducing themselves through songs. (Rooster Sauce members have fake band personas and, as with Rocky Horror, claim an origin story that begins on another planet.) On "Seven Star Disco," bassist Sarah Lee Rooster belts out, "Feel the tomb in your womb/squeeze the blood from your hand/feed the jackal and scream" with a combination of Motown soul and garage-rock snarl. Next comes "Sex Witch," wherein David Lee Rooster sings about being lured into an all-night sexcapade with the titular sorceress. General Lee (aka Dr. Elektrika) stars on the strutting, Judas Priest-like "Werewoofs of Brooklyn." And so on.

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"Transmissions from the Other Side" serves as kind of a turn-in-action leading up to the opera's end. At over eight minutes long, it's a fine, spacey interlude, but not the most compelling compared to the other much feistier songs. Fantasma dell'Opera also includes a tambourine part by Fitz and the Tantrums' John Wicks and some guest howlers. It's a welcome follow-up to their last album, Secret Order of the Donkey Shadows, which came out forever ago in 2010. But you have to see the live show to really appreciate these guys.

Rooster Sauce plays an album release show at the Palace Sat., Nov. 12, at 9 PM, along with Blaine Janes, Fantasy Suite and The Skurfs. Free. - Big Sky Press

"Gonzo Missoula rock band Rooster Sauce to release 3rd album"

Gonzo Missoula rock band Rooster Sauce to release 3rd album,
Missoulian Staff Nov 10, 2016
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Rooster Sauce, "Fantasma dell'Opera"
Missoula's very own monster movie-inspired rock band Rooster Sauce is releasing a new album, "Fantasma dell'Opera," this Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Palace Lounge.

The band's members go way back in the Missoula rock scene. Singer-guitarist David Jones, frequently seen on stage in a Mexican luchador mask, played in the Hermans, a local band that toured around enough that Jones and Hermans drummer Derk Schmidt wrote a book, "The Hermans: Stalking America" for national publisher.

Rooster Sauce's guitarist, Chris Knudson, supplies the same gonzo leads he brought to the International Playboys, a local band that landed a spot at South By Southwest. Fans of visual art will be familiar with bassist-singer Adelaide Gale Every.

The seven-song album has the wild inspirations and riff-heavy tracks the band's known for ("Seven Star Disco," "Werewoofs of Brooklyn"), plus an extended 8-minute psychedelic track, "Transmissions from the Other Side," that shows off Knudson and Jones' guitar skills. A shorter track, "Riptide," meanwhile, is an ear-worm only 3 minutes long that will be stuck in your head long after.

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The openers for the release show are Blaine Janes, a newer band, Fantasy Suite, that includes members of Shahs and J. Sherri, plus the Skurfs, who put a mountain-town spin on surf music.

Doors for the 18-and-up show open at 9 p.m. - Missoulian

"Rooster Sauce Secret Order of the Donkey Shadows"

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Secret Order of the Donkey Shadows
By Erika Fredrickson
There are a million reasons to fall in love with Secret Order of the Donkey Shadows. For one, the sound is exuberantly devoted to the ghoulish legacy of The Cramps and The Makers, while maintaining its originality. Second, each song sees a different member of Rooster Sauce taking the vocal reins to tell a wild story. Third, the songs are about creatures, drive-in double features, aliens and alter egos couched in R&B-tinged arrangements and injected with kookiness usually saved for Japanese garage bands.

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In "My Kinda Love," General Lee belts out the bluesy line, "If I'm Han Solo, she's the carbon freeze. I'm the record and she's the needle scratchin' me." In "Creature Feature Attraction Distraction," David Lee sounds like Vincent Price. And Sara Lee's "Surfin Song" about sea monsters feels so old-school.

Given so many self-serious bands trying to be King Cool of the indie rock mountain, it's refreshing to listen to a band that doesn't seem obsessed with vanity. This album is funny and fun and that, my friend, is what "cool" means.

Rooster Sauce plays a CD release show at Localfest in Caras Park Saturday, May 15, at 6 PM. Free. - Big Sky Press

"Out of this world Garage rockers Rooster Sauce release a theatrical debut"



Out of this world
Garage rockers Rooster Sauce release a theatrical debut
By Erika Fredrickson
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Rooster Sauce includes from left, Sarah Lee (Adelaide Every), General Lee (Dave Jones), Stagger Lee (Dave Martens) and David Lee (Chris Knudson). - Photo courtesy Mary Ward
Rooster Sauce includes from left, Sarah Lee (Adelaide Every), General Lee (Dave Jones), Stagger Lee (Dave Martens) and David Lee (Chris Knudson).
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In their YouTube video for the song “Snakeskin Monkey with a Baboon Smile,” local garage rockers Rooster Sauce make the wild world of Alice in Wonderland look like a day on Wall Street. The video begins with a rabbit-suited man (none other than alderman Jason Wiener) beckoning the camera through the front door of a house, then weaving through various rooms and out into the backyard.

There, Rooster Sauce rocks out while surrounded by hula-hooping psychedelic girls, a giant poodle-headed person, dancers in feather boas and striped umbrellas, one dude in a gorilla suit and a troll grooving to the music, among others. The video jumps from that backyard scene to a dash across the Greenough Park bridge to live concert footage at the Badlander, all set to the same catchy but completely nonsensical song.

Catchy and nonsensical, in fact, defines Rooster Sauce. The band formed two years ago, playing its first show on Easter Sunday to a small crowd at the space that is now the Savoy. The band members dressed as Easter eggs. Since then, after replacing their original drummer and bassist, they’ve solidified their line-up and are releasing their debut album, Zombies of the Ultra League, on vinyl this week. (A bonus CD will be available for those who are more digitally inclined.)

“The songs on the record are pretty much all the songs we’ve been kicking around for the last year and a half,” says guitarist/vocalist David Lee Rooster. “It was pretty much time to get the record out. We’ve already got about five or six new songs for our next record.”

David Lee (suspected to be former bassist for the International Playboys, Chris Knudson) writes most of the band’s songs in just a few minutes. For instance, he wrote “Hot Pocket,” a tune that sounds too sassy and sexy to literally be about microwavable snack food—references to ham and cheese and the “meat ball rocket” are dead giveaways—in five minutes. “Vampire’s Kiss,” which references the cultish 1989 Nicolas Cage film, took just as long to create. And though the video for “Snakeskin Monkey with a Baboon Smile” took some time, the song itself was written in one quick sitting.

Rooster Sauce may sound like The Makers or the Oblivians, but the lyrics are more like the Beatles’ White Album meets The Misfits—psychedelic crossed with sci-fi monster mash. In “Snakeskin Monkey,” David Lee belts out, “Jackelope moonlight. Lonesome cowboy. Italian village by candlelight. Ruby red medallion. Donkey shadow!” before getting to the chorus, which the band sings together: “When the snakeskin monkey looks at you, with a baboon smile and a purple trenchcoat, get ready! Zebra sunglasses tonight!”

If you can’t make heads or tails of the lyrics’ meaning, don’t count on the band to help figure things out. When asked to describe their music, they suggest a grab bag of sounds: Kiss and Joan Jett. A touch of the Pet Shop Boys. John Tesh. The Monkees. And after a moment of thoughtful silence David Lee says, “I think we’re all really big fans of ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ by Falco, and that may have factored in, too.”

But ask them about their origins as a band and it gets even weirder.

“Rooster Sauce began for me as a lark,” explains bassist Sarah Lee Rooster (otherwise known as Adelaide Every). “I’d been hanging out on planet Xenon and had just quit my interstellar band. I thought Earth might be a cool place to hang out for a bit, and that’s when I met up with these guys from the planet Zorbot.”

Rooster Sauce eagerly taps into rock ’n’ roll’s history of extraterrestrial connections. Mid-1980s sci-fi/horror group Gwar claims to be intergalactic warriors. Fully bearded thrash metal band Valient Thorr insist that they’re “rock ’n’ roll saviors” from Venus. And the 1990s band Man or Astro-man? allegedly came from space to Earth in order to play surf rock. Man or Astro-Man? later sent two groups of “clones” out on the road to tour in their place—one group of men called the Alpha Clones and a female group called the Gamma Clones.

In the same tradition, Rooster Sauce won’t publicly acknowledge their true identities, but their real names and previous bands are well known. Knudson played for the Playboys, as well as Daphne Starburst and The Hermans. Every is a local artist and Missoula’s reigning Best DJ under the moniker DJ Mermaid. Guitarist General Lee is Dave Jones, the former frontman for The Hermans, and drummer Stagger Lee is Dave Martens, guitarist for Streetlight People.

Despite their hidden identities, Rooster Sauce is up front about its aspiration. And, not unlike other extraterrestrials on Earth, they’re out for at least one thing.

“World domination,” answers Sarah Lee, decidedly.

“Sarah Lee might want world domination,” counters David Lee, “but I want action figures. I want McFarlane Toys to make action figures for us. And if we had more money we could put on bigger, cooler stage shows. I see giant disco balls and dragons and smoke and lasers. I think if we can put on a show like Mötely Crüe in the early ’80s, we’d like to do that.”

Considering the band’s demonstrated ability to work fast, think big and charm elected officials, those dreams don’t seem too farfetched at all.

Rooster Sauce plays a record release show at the Badlander Saturday, May 2, at 9 PM, with H is for Hellgate and Ghost. $8. - Big Sky Press


Fantasma Dell'Opera               released November 2016
Skyscraper 2                              released May 2010
Zombies of the Ultra League   released April 2009



Rooster Sauce is a gonzo psychedelic rock band from Missoula, MT formed in 2007. Typically labeled under the “garage rock” moniker, a listener may hear the likenesses of bands like The Sonics, The Oblivians, The Gories and Thee Oh Sees. But the eye test, however, reveals more of an explosive stage execution akin to the New York Dolls, The Stooges, The Darkness and KISS. 

They have just released their third album (a "horror" rock opera), "Fantasma dell'Opera" in 2017 and will be touring to support it this summer and fall. 

David Jones hails from Bucks County, PA. Chris Knudsen was born in Billings, MT. Adelaide Every-Flemming escaped from Indiana and Aaron Soria was born in Great Falls, MT. The band met and currently resides in Missoula, Montana.  

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