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The Rumblers - Punch Drunkdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is Robert Johnson's post Bottle Ups / pre Punchdrunks band. Overall, melodic rockin' hard drivin' basic rock 'n' roll. 9 vocals and five instros will wear you out as you are pounded by thundering bass and great drums behind very strong Link Wray inspired music.
Picks: Punch Drunk, Have Guitar, Will Travel, Bo Diddley Goes Ape, Speed Limit, Hillside Strangler

Track by Track Review


Punch Drunk dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Grinding riff rockin' post Link Wray thrash, with non shortage of intense energy and rockin' attitude. Thick guitar distortion displaying articulate picking. At a minute and a half, it's pretty short, but quite satisfying.

Have Guitar, Will Travel dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Aside from the great title, "Have Guitar, Will Travel" rocks in the rockabilly trash tradition, like a grindy version of the Cadillac Angels, more intense and noisy, but equally cool.

Bo Diddley Goes Ape dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Incredibly fine "Bo Diddley" riffs with a rock solid beat and gutsy guitar sound. The aggressive stance of the track, together with the vibrato throb, make for primal listening. Excellent!

Speed Limit dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Hard drivin' rock 'n' riff grind, like a distorted Eddie Angel kinda tune, only a bit faster. The raw edge and the relentless nature of the tune give it an intense roadhouse feel.

Hillside Strangler dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Majorly Link Wray inspired, with all the raw edge and sustain that implies, along with primal distortion. This is quite a strong track, projecting images of roadside bars with bikers and low riders objecting to one another's presence in their usual way. Great!