Three down-home, acoustic bands play songs of old with hearts a-new. The Crypt Kickers: See their review adjacent to this one for the full report. More revved-up ghoulish good shit with titles like “Walkin’, Talkin’ Dead Man,” “Grave Diggin’ 101,” and a cover of “Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron.” The Pine Hall Haints: Utilize the spookiness of playing the saw, like a cartoon ghost, that fills the background. Solely snare drum, acoustic guitar, and voice accompany it. Makes one realize that the years before the proliferation of TV, that families would sit down with bits and pieces of instruments and play the hell out ‘em in a way that was both ethereal and gritty. Real enjoyable. The Plain Clothes Creep String Trio: Banjo, washtub bass, and doleful lamentations. In the best way, they sound like three miscreants at a corner store playin’ their hearts out just to release the pressure building up in their fingers and heads. It’s hard not to slap the knee along with their tunes. Three-ways good.
–todd (Arkam’s Black Owl)