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    Range Rats, The – “Range Rats” – [Mississippi Records]

    Touted as a mix or punk and country, and born from a mid 80’s
    tour panning for coin in Nevada mining towns, it’s hard to
    resist the post Rats/pre-Dead Moon duo wearing reverb boots
    and pulling six-string reins. To me, these songs felt more
    like lost 1950-60’s era TV western soundtracks than country
    per se. “Honky Tonk” nails a Rawhide-like solo to the swinging
    doors. “Over the Gun” rides a boxcar of surf. Broken bottle
    saloon slide guitar cuts in on “Prison Train.” Toody’s coyote
    harmony yelp never sound better. Her torch on the trail work
    on “Lonely” is beauty. Fred churns out sturdy riffs. These two
    just have that sacred fire, if you try and play with it too
    much, you become Deadbolt (not necessarily a bad thing.) Meanwhile
    rolling, Roland?, rolling with the Range Rats was Rollie, a
    defective deputy of a drum machine! Catch Rollie on the last
    two tracks which were added for this release culled from tapes
    on the trail. I preferred the human rhythm tracks, even though
    they feature prohibition drums and dry cymbals. The fantastic
    paperback pulp cover captures the music better than these words.
    Play ’em high…

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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