JOHNNY MURDER AND THE 25 TO LIFE: E.S.P.: CD

Jul 26, 2013

I sometimes cringe when I get psychobilly stuff to review. Despite all the pompous pompadour posturing, much of it is painfully unoriginal. So I was pleased to hear Johnny Murder and crew violating clichés at every turn on this disc. This doesn’t even really look like a psychobilly CD. There are no pictures of the band members preening, no zombie or hotrod artwork, nothing like that. The music starts slow and swinging, ripping through different textures aside from the standard upright-bass-riddled buzz, culminating in the title tune, in which the singer takes the rockabilly vocal style to an absurd place, to the extent that it sounds like he was possessed by demonic hiccups when he had to hit the studio. These guys know the genre, and they know how to play around with it and have fun with it, rather than doing it paint-by-numbers style.

 –mp (Sexy Baby)

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