Scott H. Biram is THE man when it comes to introducing my
aging punk rock friends to how un-fucking believably cool real country
and blues music can be. Usually it doesn't take too many tracks of
Biram's unique hillbilly punk rock blues to convert even the most
devout of hardcore fans. Whether it is the pure primal energy or the
sometimes sick and twisted nature of the songs Biram presents in his
distinctive shove it down your throat kind of way, there is something
that everyone can relate to.
In his latest record Graveyard Shift, Biram's second release
with Bloodshot Records, we find a more polished and better produced
album than some of his earlier works. At least as polished as one
can get the country rock gospel blues noise of this one man band.
The grit and grime that we have come to know and love Biram for is
still there, it now just has more contrast. The other characteristic
of this album that seemed to differ from most of Biram's other previous
albums would have to be more prominent use of the old country gospel
sound. Don't let that put you off though, when Biram does the gospel
thing, it's good... it's really good.
As I always mention when reviewing a Biram record, it just doesn't
compare to seeing the man live. You almost can not believe that much
noise and energy is coming from one many until you have seen it with
your own eyes. And while the album is excellent, they still haven't
managed to capture what it is to see a Scott H. Biram show live, yet
(and I doubt they ever will).
1. Been Down Too Long
2. No Way
3. Graveyard Shift
4. Lost Case of Being Found
5. Only Jesus
6. Goin' Home
7. 18 Wheeler Fever
8. Plow You Under
10. Long Fingernail
11. Reefer Load
12. Have No Fun
13. Santa Fe
14. Church Babies
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