|Legendary Shack Shakers - 'Agridustrial' (Colonel Knowledge Records)|
|Written by Nev Brooks|
|Wednesday, 19 May 2010 05:20|
Where do I start with this one? Every now and again you listen to something that throws you and this album certainly succeeds on all fronts. Reading the blurb and thinking Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard) threw up some memories of a hot sweaty intense Jesus Lizard gig in TJ's, reading that J.D. Wilkes has been quoted by Jello Biafra as "one of the best front men in the world" and, after seeing Jello last year with the Guantanamo School Of Medicine, one of my favourite gigs from an all round classic front man, this is high praise indeed.
So what does it sound like? Definitely not what I expected. It owes a passing tilt to the Jesus Lizard, a nod towards Al Jourgenson, but ultimately comes over as the bastard son of the Charlie Daniels Band (get the Playstation out, go straight to 'Devil Came Down To Georgia' and do your worst!!!); the Dixie/Kentucky swamp feel is all over it - every now and again I get a shiver and think Deliverance (squeal boy!!!). Is the music punk, blues, delta blues, rockabilly? The reality is, it's a bit of them all.
This album is the seventh by the band following on from titles like 'Cockadoodledon't' (2003) and 'Pandelirium' (2006) which featured guest appearances from The Reverend Horton Heat and Jello Biafra. As a point of interest the band toured with Robert Plant on his European tour in 2005.
Track titles like 'Dixie Iron Fist', 'Hoboes Are Heroes' and 'Hills Of Hell' look at and hold the Southern feel, but not from a positive slant; this is quite a dark LP when you get into it. I'd highly recommend it and will look to catch them live, definitely. Listen to and enjoy, but keep an open mind.