Satin Chaps, The - Might I Suggest LP
Portland, Oregon. The Satin Chaps began with a melody line, a catchy band name, and an auditory concept. The melody became Pigtail Park, the band name defined the style of an ensemble of masterful performers, and the concept created a new sound out of history’s hippest grooves.
From the fall of 2007, drummer Luke Strahota was driven to build the band when the melody line of Pigtail Park became the soundtrack for his every-day life—a band heavy on horns and organ that could take the bop-bop sound from his imagination to the dance floor. Influenced by ‘60s production catalogues (e.g. the KPM 100 and The In-Kraut: Hip Shaking Grooves From Germany 1967-1974) and composers such as Ingfried Hoffman, Gert Wilden, Alan Hawkshaw, Keith Mansfield, and The Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra, Strahota knew he could build the melody into an epic hook. He sought out musicians whose musical instincts he trusted: Eric Hedford, known for his rock-solid time-keeping as both a drummer and bassist, and Peter Dean, a sharp dresser and class act who knew his way around a keyboard. The three musicians formed a trinity of sound that is The Satin Chaps.
With the addition of Colin Sheridan on guitar and Jon Clark on Sax, the band’s first practice combusted into four songs—Wet Leather, Lil’ Sweater, Dry Rub, and Cruiser—and set the pace for the sounds you’ll hear on this record. Band members came to practice with a hook, a composition color, or a feeling they were caught on and driven to hear played out with all the right instruments and the right talent.