WOO HOO! More redneck punk! I’m not a redneck (at least I don’t think so), so I’m not sure why I like this style of music so much. Maybe it reminds me of growing up in a small Florida town where the parties we went to had things going on such as pig guttin’, turtle fryin’, gator killin’, bon-fire jumpin’, hunting dog tree trimmin’, 4x4in’ and dog jerkin’ (yes, that’s correct. I knew a guy who would jerk his dog off for fun at parties). How could I not enjoy having something to listen to to bring me back to those times? Hammerlock is one of the better redneck/punk/country/rock’n’roll bands I have heard. They have a great ability to combine the songwritin’/storytellin’ style of old school country artists with the hard driven punk rock’n’roll of today. They even pay tribute to some country greats by covering Willie Nelson and Waylon Jenning’s “Good Hearted Woman” and Charlie Daniel’s “Long Haired Country Boy.” Their first track also has samples of Willie and Kris Kristofferson reading samples of old west writer Louis Lamour’s Riding for the Brand. Although you can tell they have deep roots in country, they have a hard rock’n’roll influence as well. This makes for some great foot stompin’ and head bangin’ music. The cover has a great pic of a pregnant girl in the kitchen wearing a half-shirt, holding a frying pan in one hand and a shotgun in the other. Very sexy. (Maybe I’m a redneck in denial.) If this stuff appeals to you, check them out. If you like them, contact me and we’ll have to drink Milwaukee’s Best and go mud boggin’. But I ain’t jerkin’off no dog.
–toby (Steel Cage)