Barnaby Monk 5 a.m., Sept. 17
San Diego Shindig
- Hometown CD Review (July 27, 2006)
1) Beer and Cigarettes
2) Hot-Rod Girl
3) Truck-Driving Vampires
4) Shootout at the Zombie Lounge
7) Pass the Ammunition
8) Rock Around the Clock
9) San Diego Drinking Song
Switchblades, rolled-up Levis, and greased-back hair...rockabilly is what the Buzzbombs are all about. Track 5, "Pintail," is an instrumental in the fashion of the old tune "Tequila." The song features a guitar riff inherited from Dick Dale and a pause before they all shout, "Beer! Cigarettes! _______!" (where ______ is a female body part that shares its name with the common housecat). Simple, yes. Dumb, yes. But that doesn't mean it isn't fun.
You can't go wrong with a style of music that was perfected half a century ago. The Buzzbombs don't deviate from the model: standup bass, twanging Chuck Berry guitar, banging drums, and the raucous vocals and lyrics that were meant to piss off school principals.
The songs are literal and bare. Track 2 is about a hot-rod girl. Track 3 is, indeed, about truck-driving vampires. Track 1 borrows a line from "Blue Suede Shoes" and alters it a bit, "One for the money / Two for the show / Go to the store / Get some more / Beer and cigarettes!"
In a lighthearted beach and college community where Jack Johnson, Matisyahu, and Dave Matthews are popular, it's nice to hear a drum taking a beating, a microphone shouted into, and the blumg blumg blumg of a standup bass being ridden around a stage.
--- Hometown CD Review 7-27-06