AWEFUL KANAWFUL & HIS RUBBER HUSBAND’S BAND: Brave as Hits: CS

Don’t be fooled by the corny ‘80s Glamour Shots photo on the cover that makes Aweful look like some sort of Christian rocker. Aweful Kanawful mines the history of American music, playing a bit of Sun Records rockabilly, a bit of sixties pop like the Grass Roots, some psychedelic rock, some Bob Dylan And The Band, some hootenanny stuff, and even some skiffle (which isn’t really American Music but Britain’s answer to… just forget it). He reminds me of Greil Marcus’s vision of Olde Weird America played with the (perhaps intentional) slop of a Richard Hell And The Voidoids bootleg, and some Mojo Nixon thrown in for good measure. Too diverse to be garage rock, I guess you’d have to call this garage Americana. Maybe that’s a stupid word, but Kanawful is takin’ it back. 

 –Craven Rock (Jelly Music, jellymusicinc.bandcamp.com)