TALBOT ADAMS: Deleted Songs, Instruments, Projects: CS

May 20, 2019

Talbot Adams was the linchpin of Mississippi’s Black And Whites, who did an admirable job fusing melodic Ramonesy buzz to a gnarly garage chug about ten or twelve years ago, then quickly vamoosed. I haven’t really followed his solo career, to be honest. This tape is ten songs about love’s labors lost and such, with the Talbster on guitar and vocals, backed by a bass player and a drummer who treats his cymbals like they have cooties or are infested with some manner of deadly, flesh necrotizing bacteria. The tunes have a nice punkish simplicity to them, but the speeds range from mid-tempo to downright slow, and we’re not exactly talking Costello-esque songwriting nor Westerberg-level soul-baring here; as a result, interest levels wane pretty swiftly. If you were watching these guys at a show, you’d probably listen to a few songs to be polite, and then go see if any of your friends were outside smoking pot. I wonder if any of my friends are outside smoking pot? BEST SONG: “Lies.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Sitting Barefoot in the Car” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: I missed everything but the last song of the Black And Whites set when I saw them in Austin in 2008, because my girlfriend at the time wanted to go get something to eat. –Rev. Nørb (Spacecase)