Reverend Shine Snake Oil Co.
The true origins of REVEREND SHINE SNAKE OIL Co. are shrouded in hearsay and conjecture. It is however a story to be told and as the name suggests, it is anything but simple… Moving from their native New York to Copenhagen, Claudius Pratt and songwriting partner Justin Moses Gunn founded REVEREND SHINE SNAKE OIL Co. in 2007. Seduced by the history of the city, streets and gravestones baring the hallmark of legends and back alleys clinging to the whispers of the obscure. “It’s not only the stories of the Jazz Greats but those humble yet ambitious attempts of unsung and countless other artist and musicians who cut their teeth on the streets of Copenhagen. I think it was this book given to me by Justin called “the lives and loves of Mr. jive ass nigger”, which eventually sold me on the idea of staying in this city. It’s not all fantasy and “Tivoli” there are some hard truths to be learned here… ” Like so many who came before them their stories are not new but they are unique. It is the uniqueness of character of these two men that has defi ned their collaboration. They are joined by Martin Ollivierre on bass and Matthias Klein on drums.
Primitive and grounded, folk-tales connect seemingly disparate genres into a single curbstone philosophy “SOAP BOX MUSIC”. Converging African polyrhythms with punk-rock dissonance. Combining swing, rock-steady and rhythm & blues… Sarcastic and sentimental; Agitated and serene… R.S.S.O.Co. is a throwback to the Negro spirituals and the American folk tradition. They too are a salute to advertising and commercialism- raised together, like traveling horse and buggy teams, peddling miracle medications and their sundries to a stripped and intimate pulse.