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Bushido Karaoke
Saddle Creek Records

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.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
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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