Milagro Saints released their new album “STRANGER TIMES” 6/7/ 2016 kicked off by the hard driving harmonica blues rock “SHADOW MAN” as the advance ’single’ The new album has a strong sense of protest and is somewhat angry in response to our current political and environmental climate changes. Lead singer/songwriter/guitarist SD Ineson’s major influence is Dylan - so it seems appropriate for the band to engage the reality of the times a’changin’. Shadow Man is graphically about the evils of Fracking and the political corporate greed factors that have turned Oklahoma, North Dakota and Alberta, Canada (and quite possibly NC) into earthquake zones through merciless hydraulic pumping into fractures in their underground geology.
These issues turned into the initial writing for the album and musically came out of SD Ineson experimenting with blues guitar ‘open’ tunings- (this genre being he most appropriate sound for protest and dissention).- which also led to the relentless riffs propelling Shadow Man,Rail Rider and Further Along added to that was guitarist Roberto Morales discovering a 1951 Magnatone lap steel guitar and mashing the hell out of it with punk abandon for his solos.The majority of the album was recorded very spontaneous and live with the whole band playing together in the same room and several of the lead vocals are first takes.
"Stranger Times" is played by: Jick wins-Low trombonist, fiddler, guitarist, mandolinist, b vocals Lee Kirby, amplified harmonica, pumping accordion, bluesy piano and raucous hammond. Mr Steve Samosky on glissando Bass, and the exotic Roberto Morales bending his electric fender guitar and slapping his 1951 Magnatone Lap Steel geetar. Tall Guy Steve Bowen is slamming the drums. Joyce Bowden and Karen Delahunty contribute vocals.