Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Buckrabbits - STdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a much cleaner sound than the second release. Many of the songs are the same, but they are so much less trashy here, and it really brings out the melodies and the period references.
Picks: The Dude, Rockabilly Rumpus, Buckrabbit Beat, Spaghetti Western Sky, Cabbagetown Express, Switchblade Comb, Rebel Rock, Silvertone, Missing Link, Hillbilly Gospel Guitar

Track by Track Review


The Dude dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"The Dude" is a muted rockabilly boogie that's infectious and fun. These are all notes you've heard before, and riffs too, yet there's something very engaging here.

Rockabilly Rumpus dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a superb rockabilly boogie in the grand tradition of all those b-sides from home town bands back when they could be local heroes. The great tone and delay add real and period twang. Tasteful and authentic.

Buckrabbit Beat dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This earlier take of "Buckrabbit Beat" is so much cooler than the remake. The guitar is more percussive, and the sound much rounder. Perhaps a bit like The Cadillac Angels, though mostly tangentially. Very cool track.

Spaghetti Western Sky dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big tremolo chords and a western melody give the impression that you're in the desert with no way back. I love the tribal drums and tremolo shimmer. "Spaghetti Western Sky" is just glorious in a simple and direct way. Superb!

Cabbagetown Express dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Cabbagetown Express" employs a catchy little riff and warm tone. It's somewhat playful, and really calls to the presurf days of b-side instros. Quite nice.

Switchblade Comb dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Primal rumble in the alley music with a Link Wray style progression. "Switchblade Comb" is a great title for this fifties based number, with it's jam break and simple progression. This is not related to the Neptunes grand song of the same title.

Rebel Rock dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Rebel Rock" is just what you'd expect from the title if it were 1958. Great drums a hint of chicken rock chop chords. Mid tempo, light hearted, fun and very twangy.

Silvertone dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Silvertone" is a superb instro with a haunting melody and great drums. Splashy and slightly south of the border, it engages and pleases and charms. Slightly moody, and just a tad dangerous.

Missing Link dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

With a nod to Link Wray via various chords and progressions, "Missing Link" is a stylish riff rocker that deserves its title. The song has a vintage rock'n'roll edge with some trashy Bo Diddley-ish glissandos.

Hillbilly Gospel Guitar dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Completely country and light hearted, "Hillbilly Gospel Guitar" has a hay ride pleasure about it. The melody is warm and friendly, and the sound recalls the Grand Ol' Opry.