As far as I’m concerned, the gravel-voiced Johnny “Peebucks” Bonnel can front as many fucking bands as he wants and every single one will have a fighter’s chance with me. I’m a huge fan of the legendary San Francisco-based Swingin Utters, and the more folky, Pogues-inspired Filthy Thieving Bastards. As a side note, seeing the latter tour with the Pogues’ Spyder Stacey is one of my all-time favorite memories. Fans of any and all of the previously name-dropped bands and artists should not be disappointed by this release. Bonnel’s voice and writing are in prime form here, and the rest of Druglords Of The Avenues provide as good a backing band as anyone could wish for.
–John Mule (Pirates Press)