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Dead City Shakers
Ship Of Beggars
Zero Youth Records
www.deadcityshakers.com


The Dead City Shakers take rockabilly instrumentation and present it in a hardcore format which somehow makes perfect sense in a Meteors meet Misfits (say that five times fast) sort of way. It's as though the world has just been waiting for their coming, nodding with approval. Bands like Rocket 350 have done similar hybrids, but it's such a natural fit that these boys should be considered the Godfathers of Billy-core.

There's no high-end guitar acrobatics, in fact, it's all essentially rhythm guitar. And that's a welcome change of pace that suits the urgent sound. Singer dude's ferocious growl is like he swallowed three broken bud bottles, a jigger of sand and half of Slayer. Drummer guy impresses with hit after palpable hit. And Bass boy delivers that lovely standup clatter that serves as secondary percussion.

Be prepared for songs on killing other folks, killing your ownself, depression and mayhem. Also, bedlam.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track Listing:
1. Paying Dues In Blood
2. Even Heroes Die
3. Lonely Rose
4. Dead City
5. These Scars
6. Looking Back
7. Soul Of Rock N' Roll
8. Crimson Hands
9. Love And A .44
10. Cliff's Song
11. What Makes You Kill?
12. Ship Of Beggars


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