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The Bottle Ups - Frantic Saloon Hoedowndotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the follow up album from Sweden's Bottle Ups. This is less cowboy and more Link Wray meets the Ventures in a back ally than their first EP. They retained their trademark compressed vibrato guitar with the annoyingly fascinating decay fading into throbbing feedback howls. Incredible band.
Picks: Ramblin' Reckless Hobo, Woo Hoo, The Last Bullet, Werewolf, Dueling Horses, Tomahawk, Ambush, Fat Back

Track by Track Review

Ramblin' Reckless Hobo dotdotdotdot
Vibrato Cowpoke Surf (Instrumental)

Whoa! Super chunk discordant guitar slamming... This is an evil monster, just itchin' for a fight. Crunchy chunky brain rattling Link tempered dark discordant and wonderfully irritating. Viva Bottle Ups!

Woo Hoo dotdotdot
Vibrato Cowpoke Surf (Instrumental)

This is a mightily morphed rendition of the Rock-a-teens' lone hit, before it became one of the darling tunes of the psychobilly crowd. Thick sound, rockabilly rhythms, manic drums, and a racing pace.

The Last Bullet dotdotdotdot
Vibrato Cowpoke Surf (Instrumental)

This rockabilly cowpuncher displays no mercy. It sports a solid spaghetti melody, but stays mostly in the low registers. The double picked break is shredful, and the tones are powerful and direct. Cool track.

Werewolf dotdotdotdot
Lycanthropic Surf (Instrumental)

This is one strange rendering of the Frantics' classic single. It places the rhythm guitar in the lead, much like the Ventures cover, but with infinitely more evil ominous vibratoed edge. It actually sounds like the Ventures or maybe the Frantics version is low in the background on the take, with the band playing over the top. The throbbing guitar is too intense. Great scary rockin' threatening coolness.

Dueling Horses dotdotdotdot
Vibrato Cowpoke Surf (Instrumental)

Cowpunk grind, double picked grodiness, relentless galloping drums, and a ton of drama. Dark tones, and no let up in sight. The break is delicately played out, but it is a short respite from the main attraction.

Tomahawk dotdotdot
Vibrato Rockabilly Surf (Instrumental)

Rockabilly strut rock, better than all those B-sides, but relatively unmelodic like that. The spirited track is accompanied with faux Indian whoops, but is mostly a super compressed raging power jam.

Ambush dotdotdot
Vibrato (Instrumental)

Boos tone and mighty edge abound as the heroes of the vibrato thrash through this Link Wray monster. Throbbing, trashy, and splendidly grating.

Fat Back dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a poundy and very cool trad surf ditty. It's grode, ominous, and pretty darn mean, with great tribal drums, and rumbling bass. Fine arranging, boys.