Review: Federale – The Blood Flowed Like Wine
by Mat Weir
The sun beats down in a blaze of heat that dehydrates even the soul. Waves of apparitions dance before your weary eyes, conjuring images of gods and monsters, women and whores, water and shelter. All in front of your face but just beyond your grasp. A buzzard screeches, scattering the visions from your head. As you breathe in another lungful of dust, you pray for some shade or maybe even a passing stranger with some whiskey and a heart big enough to share.
Yeah, Federale’s The Blood Flowed Like Wine is kind of like that.
The Portland-based group formed in 2004 to create music fit for any Spaghetti Western and their third release is no exception. Featuring members of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Builders and Butchers, The High Violets and even guest vocals by Alex Maas of the Black Angels, The Blood Flowed Like Wine is a tequila- and whiskey-soaked album that will take you on a tour through the minds of Leone (The Man With No Name Trilogy) and Corbucci (Django). In fact, there’s even a song called “Django,” scored for the Tarantino film but never used in the final cut.
While it might not be your typical album, The Blood Flowed Like Wine is a record that will redeem your soul while you plot your next sin.