I thought I’d start posting published and unpublished reviews I’ve written for various publications here. I’ll do six at a time for ease of sharing but not so many that it’s a scrolling nightmare. Please feel free to share and comment. Anyone who wishes to send me their stuff to review please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
BASTARD SONS OF CAVAN
‘Masks, Megaphones & Mayhem!!’
This is the second Western Star album The Bastards Sons Of Cavan and their first after a personnel reshuffle. On first hearing I was all ready to label it extreme, on further listening I’m still doing so but only vocally and lyrically which I’d describe as waking up in a strange living room after an all-night party, reaching for a beer taking a big swig and finding out it’s got a dog end in it but you drink it anyway. Musically it’s more uplifting, the party that preceded the shock, it’s rockabilly, swinging guitars and a really solid double bass sound bouncing along beneath those indecorous lyrics, well worth getting out of your comfort zone.
If ever there was and album that you shouldn’t judge by its cover it’s this, Finnish band Knuckles debut. At first glance I thought Crazy Love had branched out into agro street punk. The double bass run down on the first track after the eerie intro soon dispelled that. What you do get is a tilted slant on psychobilly, rock n roll, sometimes rock guitars, vocals and lyrics akin to KON (R.I.P.) and a double bass keeping pace with a cartwheeling skatepunk beat. The songs are chorus heavy singalong songs with the odd surprise thrown in, this is a cracking debut.
THE GO GO CULT
‘The Beat Of The Go Go Cult’
The Go Go Cult are hits on the psychobilly scene but have always been on the peripheries musically being as much at home on the trash/garage/surf scene as the psycho. This sounds like a band who are in the pupae stage from teetering on the fringes to bursting forth as a fully-fledged garage band. Lyrically it’s self-penned adjective-laden and B-Movie the musical mix is pretty much equally divided from 80’s trashabilly to the purer jangling 60’s sound which is where they step it up a gear really excel.
‘Good Time Guide’
This was originally released in a vinyl only format on Diablo and has been licensed for this CD version with a couple of extra tracks. The Deltas were right there at the beginning and have straddled psychobilly, rockabilly and blues since their inception and various incarnations since. This is the original ‘Heart Attack/Spellbound line-up plus, those pluses including Boz Boorer and Doyley on guitars. It’s a band that have their own distinctive style and are instantly recognisable though ultimately versatile. It’s blues tinged and it’s tough, with a some country thrown in for good measure. This is the Deltas as you know and love.
The press release describes The Hangmen as punk-rockabilly but this is about as psychobilly as it gets. Released as a three-track 10” EP. The title track is a nasty, spiteful and bloody angry slab of psycho opening with a whacked out piano before we get Loz Dolan really letting rip ‘For God Sakes What Happened To Her Eyes’, yes it’s proper Evil Dead stuff. The Hangmen really have never adhered to any rules which maybe explains how their music has been described. ‘Collarbomb’ is jaunty by comparison with some lovely dark humour, while ‘The Great Brain Robbery’ clips along with dark lyrics and a stop go tempo which wrecking pits just love. Whatever you call it, it’s great stuff.
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