ROY AND THE DEVIL’S MOTORCYCLE: Because of Women: CD

Not fucking shabby, kids. These sons of bitches remind me of the Dream Syndicate back when Steve Wynn knew how to write a song (AKA The Days of Wine and Roses. Jesus Christ—my heart palpitates just thinking about that record). What’s really cute about Because of Women is its addition of a couple covers by Chuck Berry and Elmore James, as if you couldn’t spot its influences by the opening track. Seriously, this shit reminds me of Cannery Row and a band covering the Velvets. That’s a goddamn good thing. Probably the best thing I’ve heard since The Gossip covering Aaliyah or Miss Alex White and the Red Orchestra’s debut. Note to Voodoo Rhythm person in charge of sending out albums: send vinyl next time. Had you done that, you’d be receiving the ancillary benefit of me spinning this fucking thing at sordid drinking establishments all over the city of Los Angeles.

Your pal,

Ryan Leach

 –ryan (Voodoo Rhythm)