Friday, March 1, 2013
the Union Electric
Another record cover here. This time for the band Union Electric who are putting out a 45 soon with a little ditty about Malatesta. UE is fronted by Tim Rakel who I’ve known for a number of years. Tim reminds me of the river, always in motion, always moving forward and consistent. I’ve done a number of covers for him and even painted him performing and always welcome an opportunity to work with him because he’s a great talent as well as honest and straight forward. The Union Electric plays an electrified mixture of punk and folk with a driving beat, fuzzed out guitars and pointed lyrics. To say they’re political would be an understatement, in fact their guitar player is currently the campaign manager for a candidate running in the primary for Mayor of St. Louis. They say what they mean and mean what they say, so to speak and they believe in equality for all with their songs shining a glaring light on injustices past and present. The band has put out a number of singles that cumulated with a full CD release last year which was well received on college and independent radio across the country. This new release signals another round of tunes coming out of the woodwork for public consumption.