Imagine if you will that mythic musical triangle we've talked
about before. This time, the corners are occupied by the following
artists: R.E.M., The Good Life, and Hank Williams.
Dancing around haphazardly directly center of that triangle rests
a band called Mayday. Alternately blending the dark moodiness
of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds with a 50's era rock feel
and modern alt-country indie vibe, Bushido Karaoke is a
weird journey through twisted labyrinths of sound. The stories
are dark, the poetry highly lyrical and rhythmic. The quirky clanging
piano waltz of "Pelf Help" begins the album, foreshadowing
the sparse madness that is to come. The jangling acoustic guitars
of "Booze & Pills" falteringly offset the Sixteen
Horsepower style vocal delivery and depth. A sparkling cover
of INXS' "Old World New World" adds banjo into
the mix, furthering the gothic country texture that finds its
low depression in "Hidden Leaves". Mayday break out
the sonic flood on "Father Time", instantly recalling
their good pals The Good Life, gently mixing strings and a rolling
drumbeat into the swirling maelstrom of sound.
Looking for some oddly country-ish music that is sure to put
the hitch in your step while making you yearn for the glory
days of post-punk? Pick up this new record by Mayday, and give
it a spin. I'm certain you will not be disappointed.
1. Pelf Help
2. Booze & Pills
3. Standing In Line At The Gates Of Hell
4. Continental Grift
5. Old World New World
6. Hidden Leaves
7. Father Time
8. I'm Not Afraid To Die
9. Rock And Roll Can't Save Your Life
10. Burned My Hands
11. Dave D. Blues (how to make it sting like a career)
12. Billy Boy Blues (Day Of The Dead Blues)
13. Exquisite Corpse
14. Song Of The Scaffold
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