IF 2009, WITH its steampunk dandies, mustachioed bartenders and tweedy chic, was the Year of the Retro-Victorian, then 2010 might be the Year of a Depressed American. The Asylum Street Spankers know that the only way to get through hard times is by making a joyous racket, and the Austin collective, inspired by the Tin Pan Alley tunes and tinkery-dink percussion of the early part of the last century, are a seven-headed good-time machine.
The Spankers hit Jammin’ Java on Thursday night for a local stop on their “Salvation and Sin” tour. They’ll tote a whole new sack of tunes from their latest, “God’s Favorite Band,” a live recording which edges away from the snark-tinged ragtime/vaudeville/washboard music for which they are beloved by hipsters and concentrates on traditional gospel and religious tunes. The band goes after these with as much gusto as it brings to its wackier repertoire. But fans of the funny needn’t fear — the Spankers put on a ferociously entertaining show and are sure to toss in the tunes, asides and bad behavior that have made their live shows bucket-list staples for hipsters.
» Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna; Thu. Jan. 7, 8 p.m., $17; 703-255-1566.
Photo by Justin Fox Burkes