HORNY WACKERS: They Are Savage!: LP

Psychobilly as a genre has a negative connotation to me because—and I’d like to make it clear that this is likely just a prejudice of mine—it’s one of those styles of music that everyone feels they can pull off, for some reason. Everything about this record bothered me before I put it on. Silly nicknames and corpse paint doesn’t read well with me. I’ve seen a lot of bonehead rockabilly acts spitting bad Gene Vincent impressions while their guitars echo out of control, thinking they’re dead interesting because they suggest the dichotomy of man by having a Ronald Reagan haircut and mom’s old Halloween skull glued to their amps. But despite the facade, this three piece can actually play. Not only do they do the overdriven rock riffs to a Bo Diddley beat that is easily mastered by jocks and creeps, but the guitarist plays well without a drowning echo on his guitar. They pull of some genuinely good roots-sounding songs and have a tasteful mix of overdriven fuzz songs mixed in for fun. Another big pitfall for a psychobilly band is the inevitable affected-sounding singer. The singer for the Horny Wackers has a natural grip on the inflections and spirit of good rockabilly vocals. I like this record. If you’re into the genre, this is an above average outfit.

 –Billups Allen (Dead Beat)