Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Rockabilly Mafia "ROW!"

(Crazy Love Records 2015)

Cutaway Bob
Tu' Was
Beat Up A Lady
Sentenced To Rock
Michael's Last Ride
Since We Ain't Together
One Note
Maltman's Razor
Straße Nach Elmshorn
Ich Weiß Bescheid

Ah yes. Rockabilly Mafia. They look like a Ted band but sound like an early 80s neo rockabilly band. This isn't a love em or hate em kind of band. Everyone loves Rockabilly Mafia. So here they are again with an album full of primal neo rockabilly beats. The drum and bass sound on this album have a kind of jungle sound going on...a bit like Batmobile's Bambooland album. Loads of tom-tom drums (the snare even sounds like a tom) and that all-important woody resonance on the slap bass. Whereas by no means a psychobilly outfit, some psychobilly bands could take a leaf out of Michel "Ted" Harbeck's book and actually sing but sound psychotic at the same time. The lads have always had a crossover appeal. They could quite easily feel right at home at a Ted, Rockabilly or Psychobilly festival. This was never as true as it is on this album. It's rockabilly done right. Not some safe museum piece with a rule book included. Fuck me I hate that shit. Rockabillies in the 50s weren't trying to sound safe. Some of the stuff they recorded sounded like shite because the recording equipment they had was shite. Why replicate that? Rockabilly Mafia have no interest in sounding "authentic" as is obvious on this album. Rockabilly is supposed to be wild, right? The Mafia boys obviously think so. Never taking themselves too seriously and just having a good time which in turn emanates from the recordings. Crazy Love have done an excellent job on the packaging. The album comes in a digipak with 20 page booklet for added sex appeal. But we'd expect nothing less from our Guido, the dirty label-owning fecker. Look at him there. Teasing us with his big booklets! ..........................But anyway, an excellent release from Rockabilly Mafia which will appeal to just about any facet of the rockin' scene. Coming soon on vinyl too if you please!!
The O'Prez



Martin Lohmann said...

It is a good album. In fact, it's hard to find a boring one done by the Mafia. The German and English lyrics are quite tongue-in-cheek (the one in your face), which is always a plus, at least to me. I was sure that you'd remark on the Irishbilly song called Maltman's Razor but then again you didn't mention any masts or steady hands on tillers either. Lohmax

The O'Prez said...

I love you Lohmy <3