The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns, |
Whip It Out!
(Llist Records, 1997)
Ever wonder what would happen if Sherman and Peabody had taken The Red Hot Chili Peppers in the way back machine to the '50s -- and left them there?
Well, you'd get The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns. Aptly labeling themselves "psychobilly," these guys take punk and rockabilly, throw them in a blender and come up with 14 tracks of foot-stomping, sidesplitting fun.
Starting with the first track, "Mexico," the story of a guy stealing away with a very young girl to Mexico for some fun, you're ripped through great beats and guitar riffs. Then there's the next track, "Bad Dudes a-Surfing," a surfer-style rock track about renegade punk surfers reaking havoc at the beach.
Or then there's the innuendo-laden tracks "Come Yodel in My Canyon," the story of a boy and his Swiss love; and "Beaver," about a girl and her favorite pet, a beaver with big buck teeth. There is the rock sermon called "The Road to Hell," preaching in style about the dangers of a rock 'n' roll lifestyle: "The road to Hell is paved with whiskey bottles, broken dreams, big pompadours and running machines." Yeah!
The self-labeling song "Psychobilly Band" tells the country-rock-styled story of one man's attempt to strike out on his own to form the band -- sort of. "The Big Guy Stomp" is a pounding good track about a guy who is "larger than life."
In all, there are 14 tracks here that blend elements of metal, punk, rock and rockabilly to create a rocking good time and plenty of toe-tapping hits. These guys are probably the only band I have heard that makes a banjo fit into a mosh pit.
There are some hard tracks here, but be warned: this is without a doubt very close to a punk album. Take this disc for a spin, and get "psycho-rockabillied." Guaranteed to get you moving and stomping your feet.