Described as “The Pixies in a cowboy hat” by West Coast Performer magazine, The Famous forge a sound that “combines the transcendent roar of punk with the brutal honesty and black wit of traditional country,” as heard on their debut album “Light, Sweet Crude.” Their follow-up album “Come Home to Me” is an audacious 11-song blast of post-punk rock fused with hard-edged Americana that continues in the direction established on their debut, while venturing into fuzzed-out garage-blues, New Orleans swamp jazz, and Tex-Mex flavored surf. With an energetic and always entertaining live show, The Famous are sure to appeal to fans of The Old 97s, Frank Black or Uncle Tupelo.
The album chronicles four years of change, both political and personal. Singer Laurence Scott’s two-year sojourn in the southwest desert of Tucson and his eventual return provided much of the inspiration for this latest material. With tales of lost and found love, renewal of belief, and modern parables of social upheaval, “Come Home To Me” evokes the themes and stark imagery found in Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy or Luis Alberto Urrea’s “The Devil’s Highway.”
“Come Home to Me,” features guest appearances by Bay Area pedal steel legend Joe Goldmark, and jazz trombonist Charlie Wilson (Brasshopper) whose contributions bring new textures to The Famous' sonic landscape. The album was recorded at San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone among other studios and mixed in Dallas, Texas by Stuart Sikes (Modest Mouse, Cat Power, White Stripes.)
"The Famous are a really cool punkified San Francisco country/rockabilly band. This album is booze-soaked, smokey, rough, and pretty all in one... The band can do a lot of awesome things, and expect to see and hear more from them in the near future, both here at FPM, and just up in your ear... “Happy” kinda reminds me of some really dark Dick Dale, and “Mano Negra” means black hand in Spanish, and you might hear a little Modest Mouse."
-- Front Porch Musings
"Come Home to Me is a follow-up to their 2005 debut, Light, Sweet Crude, and it is an all-around tighter and more focused album. Their penchant for down-and-dirty roadhouse country is brought to the forefront, and Scott's voice is now strong and resonant in its timbre and twang... There are guts spilled all over this album, from the words to the guitars to Scott's agonized howl midway through 'Cold Tonight'. But there is a lot of fun to be had in the listening. (Doubly so if you are a word nerd - 'Perspicacious' had me laughing out loud the first time I listened to it.) So pop open a beer, no matter the expiration date, and have a listen."
-- Now This Sound Is Brave