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January 21, 2005

New Guy's in the corner puking his guts out.

Fat Possum's new Junior Kimbrough tribute was hard to review, because I couldn't get past track four. It's true, "the Heartless Bastards moan [Kimbrough]'s 'Done Got Old' so loud hell can hear". The Ohio trio is one of my favorite new bands. They remind me a lot of this group called Mercy Rule that put out a totally awesome record called God Protects Fools back in 1994. The sound's a little similar (check out MP3s here) - both Mercy Rule and the Heartless Bastards have their amps turned to "Midwestern", for that flinty rawness that only comes from practicing in a poured-floor basement after working a double shift at Bunny Bread. Or, in the Replacements' case, growing spiky haircuts and stabbing each other with shards of broken forties. The Bastards' Erika Wennerstrom has this nervy wail, too; it's capitvating, like a cool accent or the faraway whir of a wind farm. She sounds sad and pissed off all at once, and it's the greatest. Stairs and Elevators, the band's Fat Possum debut, comes out February 22nd.

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In other news, there's this and this.

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JTL

Posted by Johnny Loftus at January 21, 2005 4:57 PM