HARES, THE: Smoking in Bed: CD

Picked this up outta the piles after seein’ a tune titled “Alvarado Sun.” Yep, never let it be said I’m not easily swayed. Was a little wary when I noticed the horn section—such things too often scream “bad ska”—so I was a bit surprised by what came out of the speakers. What yer getting here is a wild mix of punk, rock’n’roll and deep south jump blues. Think Top Jimmy And The Rhythm Pigs on a five-day meth bender burning a New Orleans juke joint to the ground and you’re on the right track. Shit’s tight, fun, appropriately over the top, and I’m certain their live sets are off the chain. 

 –jimmy (Saustex)