Sloppymen to play The Peerless Saturday
by Brett Buckner
brettbuckner@ymail.com
Mar 23, 2012 | 3338 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The name might not resonate but the music certainly will — at least to those who were fans of garage rock back in the early ’80s and happened to catch this particular band touring college campus and bars across the South and beyond.

With two of the original members — Steve Boyd and Rich Parks — Sloppymen are the reincarnation of The White Animals, which was one of the biggest bands in Nashville, even had a few videos in rotation on MTV, before calling it quits in 1987.

But like Bob Seger promised, rock ‘n’ roll never forgets and neither does its hardcore fans, or those who’ve dedicated their lives to performing. That’s why Boyd and Clark, along with occasional conga player Mike Pysinger, have decided to hit the road as Sloppymen, playing bars just for the fun of it.

That includes a stop Saturday at 10 p.m. at The Peerless Saloon in Anniston.

“With a name like Sloppymen, you gotta know we aren’t taking ourselves too seriously,” Boyd said from his home in Nashville. “We’re proud to be getting out and having a good time with some old friends and some new faces.”

The White Animals was a garage band — known for its live shows — who offered that perfect blend of ’60s-type pop rock with just enough punk thrown in for good measure … think R.E.M meets The Replacements. The White Animals had a strong underground following, propelled by its biggest hit, “This Girl of Mine.”

On the eve of the 2000 release of the band’s retrospective CD, “3000 Nights in Babylon,” Steve Simels of Stereo Review, called The White Animals “musical visionaries,” whose songs “still sound utterly fresh and contemporary.”

But Saturday’s show at The Peerless won’t just be part of a nostalgia tour. In addition to playing White Animals songs, Boyd, who is both the bassist and singer for Sloppymen along with Parks on guitar, will be playing songs that inspired them.

“We wanted to get back on the circuit, get back to doing what we love by augmenting our original material with music that influenced us,” Boyd said. “It’s just a mixture of classic tunes and stuff from our heyday.”

For blues-based guitarist Parks, that means a heavy dose of Jimmy Reed, Eric Clapton and B.B. King, while Boyd readies songs from The Rolling Stones and The Beatles to Van Morrison and Marvin Gaye. The show will be stripped down — just vocals, bass, lead guitar and congas.

“It’s all unscripted,” Boyd said. “We’ll go wherever the music takes us.”

Contact Brett Buckner at brettbuckner@ymail.com.
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