REVEREND BEAT-MAN AND THE NEW WAVE: Blues Trash: CD

Jul 25, 2018

Reverend Beat-Man And The New Wave is a hard rock blues band from Bern, Switzerland, of all places. This album starts off with pounding, noisy guitar work on “I Have Enough” and “I’m Not Gonna Tell You.” Channeling Captain Beefheart vocally and a mix of psychobilly and blues influences instrumentally, the group moves on to more a more somber sound through the middle of the record, occasionally throwing an accordion into the mix on a couple of the tracks. The bands seems to show off some Tom Waits influence in tracks like “You’re on Top,” where gruff vocals manage to capture the sound of a pensive acedia in the vein of gin-soaked memory. The record finishes with further accordion experimentation. This release is perfectly weird, in a way where the songs are absolutely listenable, but still cautiously bizarre. This should be enjoyable to fans of blues rock, Captain Beefheart, the Cramps, or anyone looking for sad, bluesy accordion tunes. –Anna Farr (Voodoo Rhythm, voodoorhythm.com)

 

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