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Rumble Club Rides Tonight (Rumble
Club Records) Highly appropriate alternate title: Guns,
Pussy, Hot Rods & Beer. (And it’s weird how this sometimes
happens, but in another piece I’m currently working on for Askew, I just
mentioned how this is also the title of a mix I made in 1995.
Probably why it so easily popped into my head while listening to
this, but it’s totally fitting here). These Kentuckians play authentic,
hot rockabilly that’ll have you wishin’ you were a got-dang hayseed
just like them. Deep, clear,
at times Cash-like vocals, smokin’ lead guitar, fuck-thumping standup
bass and relentless, rattletrap drums all come together perfectly on this
11-song disc. I’m going to
award my first annual Golden Fruit Jar Award (filled with a fiery,
vomit-inducing quantity of moonshine and a couple dead flies floating on
top, of course) to “Drive ‘Em On.”
It’s a blasting, psychobilly-tinged Spaghetti Western-ish wailer
that makes Ennio Morricone seem like he left his balls in his wife’s
purse in comparison, and it absolutely rules.
And while there are a bunch of great originals (at least I think
these are originals, but how the fuck would I really know? All these
hillbillies sent us was a loose CD-R with no accompanying information- a
CD-R that also temporarily crashed the sound on my computer, no less) on Rumble
Club Rides Tonight, their brilliant cover of Golden Earring’s
“Twilight Zone” alone makes this disc completely worth buying.
They beautifully morph this ‘80s cheeseball anthem into a
rockabilly pounder that’s just a joy to hear.
This disc has many moments where it’s hotter than two foxes
fuckin’ in a forest fire, and I bet Rumble Club is even better live.