If you can dig this, the beginning of the first song (“Jack Rabbit”) on this record sounded to me like an alt-country/country-punk version of Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades.” Interesting! From there, it quickly moved on to some kind of Starvations/New Bomb Turks hybrid, although, if you listen closely, you can hear that underlying “Ace of Spades” guitar riff throughout. It’s a pretty good song. The next one up, “Sour and Vicious Man” is great, I really loved it. The vocals are excellent and reminded me even more of the Starvations than the first song. There was an added harmonica, the pace was slow, and the tone was kind of blackly ominous à la Munly And The Lee Lewis Harlots. Upon closer inspection of the insert, I learned that it’s a cover of a Greg Cartwright song (explains why I liked it so much), and I actually have it (it’s on the Compulsive Gamblers’ live LP), so I was a little surprised that I didn’t recognize it straight off (I love that Gamblers record!). I’ll have to listen to it again. The Strawmen’s third song, “Red Barn,” features some fast acoustic guitar strumming and is also pretty good. The artwork on the cover of the record is really nice, despite the fact that the rabbit therein has seen better days. In all, it didn’t blow me away but it’s a solid effort and I’d be interested to hear more from these three Canadians.
–Jennifer Federico (Foul & Fair)