GHOSTWRITER: Wreck the City: LP

Dec 30, 2008

Ghostwriter is Austin musician Steve Schechter’s one-man-band act, fairly similar to that of Scott H. Biram or Bob Log III, though more traditional and certainly less experimental than Bob Log. Much of this brings to mind GG Allin’s late in life country output. Whereas when GG Allin and Bob Log were innovators in the punk world by reclaiming the redneck/hillbilly music and culture as a sort of found art and, in turn, created something of their own with it, this record here breaks no new ground. For example, the cover of Bo Diddley’s “Pills” is inferior to the original (not to mention the New York Dolls’ version) and Ghostwriter’s take on the Townes Van Zandt gospel, “Two Hands,” recorded here as “Idol Hands,” is replete with cliche lines about fighting and drinking whiskey. Plinking strings on a banjo and wheezing into a harmonica at the same, sadly, do not make up for such lyrical pabulum.

 –Jeff (End Of The West)

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