If you were to create a sonic hybrid between the pop-like Americana iconography of a hot and dusty Tarantino flick with the sly late 1970s German presence of Wim Wenders, you’d get the strange and wonderful musicians that make up Brent Amaker and The Rodeo. Since 2005, the men clad in cowboy gear from head to toe, have been garnering a cult following—not only their unique country meets New Wave sound, but their rowdy live performances and larger than life style and tongue-in-cheek attitude.
And with their new LP Year of the Dragon being released this summer, Seattle artist Jeff "Weirdo" Jacobson has created a 30-foot mural in their honor. Located on the side of a live music venue in Seattle, the mural celebrates the brilliance of Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, painted alongside the venue Neumos. A work that mirror’s the group’s larger than life presence, Jacobson’s artwork was inspired by Afro Samurai artist/creator Takashi Okazaki who created the cover art for Year of the Dragon.
And today, we’re pleased to present Brad Strain’s mini-documentary Tenth and Pike, about the creative process behind the beloved mural. So check out the film below, crank up some classic Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, and pretend you’re flying down the highway in your own road movie to nowhere.