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Dan Sartain - Dudesblood

by Miz DeShannon Rating:8 Release Date:2014-05-05

Sartain's last album was a mere 19 minutes long, a short and snappy collection of one-minute punk rants interspersed with film dialogue. Before that came Legacy of Hospitality, a collection of works totalling 21 numbers drawn from every imagining of his writing, released or not. Dudesblood sits timely and musically nicely in the middle. 

Swinging to opposing ends of music spawned by the rockabilly and blues influences he cites, from a Buzzcocks sound to Elvis Costello, there is something very tongue-in-cheek about Sartain's music in an Eagles of Death Metal way. Forget all association with White Stripes - it only serves to mislead.

From frantic punk rock on 'Dudesblood' to The Knife cover 'Pass This On', the album immediately shows itself to be a reflection of the mind of a slightly mad man, or one who at least enjoys a bit of honky tonk fun. Sartain is like a rock 'n' roll David Lynch – his releases are concept albums but without the chin-stroking longevity they typically have. Watching the corresponding videos just catches you in a world of b-movie madness and sci-fi.

'Smash the Tesco' sounds like it could be from a 70s UK punk act, while echoing vocals and wah-wah guitar strumming on 'You Don't Know Anything at All' are reminiscent of Pop Levi's output, and 'HPV Cowboy' could be Nick Cave. There's smooth country lapsteel, bluesy rock 'n' roll, and something an 80s glam rock band could have put out as a 'ballad'. 

This album is as eclectic as listening to a compilation of work written years apart, some tracks brought together by Sartain's off-the-rails warbling and others at an opposite quadron of the musical universe. Psychotic psychobilly for real.

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