TRAMP FOR THE LORD: Black Cows and Slowpokes: CD

This is a new project from Hangmen bassist Doug Cox and sounds very mid-’80s Los Angeles to these ears. Tramp For The Lord could easily have been on a bill at Raji’s with Tex And The Horseheads or Lazy Cowgirls and held their own. There is a little of that post-Radio Birdman dark Australian sound in this as well—the later Hitmen DTK stuff or something along those lines—maybe some Jacobites vibes too. Some might call this cowpunk, but it is really just slower to mid-tempo troubadour sounds with some country influence. Strong songwriting and good production make for a fine listen. Would love to hear a full-length album by this band! –Mike Frame (Self-released, trampforthelord.bandcamp.com)