Devil's Brigade - Devil's Brigade

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Psychobilly, Rockabilly
Hellcat Records
Devil's Brigade
Devil's Brigade
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The psychobilly side project of Rancid members Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong finally released their eponymous debut after first appearing on Give ‘Em The Boot III back in 2002. As a part of what is easily the most underrated subgenre of punk, Devil’s Brigade fuse their punk tendencies with country and a hint of bluegrass as they plow relentless through the record.

Most impressively, if even in the bastard child of its parent genre, is the sonic difference from their members’ previous projects. Far too often members release extra curricular records that sound like they could have just been one of the bands records and bring nothing new to the table proving their musicianship. Even if you’re not a fan of psychobilly, seeing the expansion Freeman and Armstrong bring on their abilities is an awesome experience.

If you are a fan of the genre, you’ll be greeted pleasantly. “I’m Movin’ Through” is a really well crafted, chugging psychobilly track with nice rough guitars and a thumping drum beat. But then you hit something like “Bridge of Gold” which has the aforementioned country influences or “Ride Harley Ride” which has hints of The Necromantix really giving some different moods. While the drum beats stick to a pretty simple, consistent formula throughout, their understated presence tends to fit perfectly as they keep each track moving perfectly while Freeman’s gruff vocals and deep bass stick a little farther forward in the mix. On the latter half of the record you even hit their song from Give ‘Em The Boot III, “Vampire Girl,” which gets a complete sonic makeover for the better.

Rancid and psychobilly fans alike are going to want to get on this. It’s under a half hour in length, and, plain and simple, rocks. Freeman takes the front man position well giving Armstrong the backseat for once and proving there is still cohesiveness in all musical settings for the two. 

1. I'm Movin' Through
2. My Own Man Now
3. Shakedown
4. Bridge of Gold
5. Dariene
6. Ride Harley
7. Who's Gonna Save You Now?
8. Desperate Times
9. Vampire Girl
10. Gentlemen of the Road
11. Protest Song
12. Half Way To Hell

Devil’s Brigade are an all-star punk group featuring Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong of Rancid and DJ Bonebrake, drummer of X and the Knitters. Rancid fans have always cherished Matt’s deep punk growl on his featured songs on Rancid albums, and now Devil’s Brigade brings his singing, rockabilly-inspired bass slap, and classic punk songwriting to the fore. ... read more

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