Six St. Louis Bands You Can Eat or Drink


Time for a drinking break! Plunge a bit of alcoholic punk philosophy into some dirty old blues tunes, let the combination ferment a bit, and you'll come up with the Rum Drum Ramblers. This definitely isn't swill that you'll pour down the drain after one taste. Instead, once you sample the Ramblers' special brand of rum, you'll be plotting ways to kill off your washing machine so that you can buy a multi-functional, sometimes musical washboard. Cheers to that!


For a band that calls itself "the evil Partridge Family," Candy Coated Evil sure tastes good. This trio combines rockabilly, metal, punk and anthemic dad-rock into a delicious casserole of darkness that brings to mind classic HorrorPops, but with less kitsch. And we love the band's sense of humor -- they sell shirts featuring a top hat-wearing dog in a coffin, for Pete's sake. Why would we ever go back to wholesome snacks after this?


Ahhhh, the crème brulée at the end of our meal of bands. Despite having a name that conjures up the blandest ice cream flavor out there, the Vanilla Beans are rooted in shockingly vibrant tastes. Pop, electronica and dance all go into the pot, enhanced by some grungy vocals. If Motion City Soundtrack and local dance-pop group Née had a baby, it would be the Vanilla Beans. And that's one baby we'd gladly eat!


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