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The Psychobilly Blend

Peter Barthelmes - Monday, July 03, 2017

This month we explore “Kicked Out of Hell” by the band Demented Are Go. This “not-quite punk-not quite-Rockabilly” group comes at us from Wales, and they have been churning out the Psychobilly mix perfectly since 1982.

Psychobilly is a well-fitted combination of two stripped down types of rock-n-roll. It offers the crunchy power cords and in-your-face lyrics of punk and the detailed guitar leads and overall song structures of Rockabilly. Think Carl Perkins meets Suicidal Tendencies. The raw presentation of the music overall gives the listener a welcomed break from the over produced Pop sounds that have made up the offerings of the past four decades of FM airplay.


The “Kicked Out of Hell” album’s opening track “Satan’s Rejects” offers the lead singer’s rocky voice that suits the band perfectly. The song is sort of a “Stray Cats on acid” rocker. The formula is multilayered and follows a thrash cord structure. Like most of the album’s hard driving numbers, Rockabilly fills are both placed and played eloquently. The old-time backup vocals straddle the worlds of both Punk and Rockabilly.

The song “Cripple in the Woods,” is a three quarter speed thrash sounding tune. The lyrics are beautifully macabre and filled with brutal imagery.


Some of the Psychobilly songs tend to veer into a metal formula. Such is the case with “Call of the Wired.” With the proper distortion employed, both the rhythm and lead guitar parts make it sound like it could be a choice from a Metallica album.


Things cool down refreshingly in “Shadow Crypt.” This is a slow paced swing boogie as classy as it is traditional. Even the keyboard overlays are in keeping with the music of the era.


“Old Black Joe” makes me think of what you would get if Tom Waits joined a Rockabilly band. The guitar work is hard driving and brilliantly played.


The final song that caught my attention is “Vietnam.” It is a country stomp ballad. The guitar even takes on the feel of a well-played lap steel.

The songs run the gamut of several musical types all steeped in American music through the years. It is sure to turn heads at stop lights. Great for both road trips and quick bursts around town. I don’t typically tend to rate albums, but this one is a four out of five for its interesting blend of selections that showcase the band’s talents and musical styles.


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