X-Ray Cat Trio ‘I Lied’ – EP review
X-Ray Cat Trio ‘I Lied’ (Killjoy Records)
7″ Vinyl | Ltd Edition 7″ Pink or Green Vinyl (50 copies each) | DL
Follow up to the ‘Out For Blood’ debut album from this bunch of Leeds based greasy rock ‘n’ roll miscreants; that debut was a beautifully crafted collection of vintage r’ n’ r, instrumental surf licks a certain Mr Dale would be proud of, and bad to the bone rockabilly psychosis that had quiffs poppin’ and tattoo guns hammering hard.
This 4trk follow up available via Killjoy Records (Germany) on neon yellow and neon pink (50 of each – don’t wait around!) delves further into desperate rock ‘n’ roll vaults inhabited by the likes of The Cramps, Link Wray, The Sonics, and Th Legendary Shack Shakers; the result being 4tracks of dripping raw wigged out sonic mayhem all captured on a vintage 16 track reel to reel.
Opener, and title track ‘I Lied’ could easily have been lifted from The Sonics debut masterpiece, a simple pounding beat, a seriously mangled fuzz guitar is being abused in the corner whilst bursts of brass add to the chaos, and that’s all before the pleading vocal pins your Chelsea boots to the floor…’Ram Raiders’ is a pedal to metal gas guzzling instrumental; if someone had laced Jet Harris with a cocktail of black bombers and Dexys back in the day this is how The Shadows could of sounded, 2mins of adrenaline charged highway rippin’ that somehow manages to sound like the soundtrack to an as yet to be made Tarantino blood fest.
‘Lonely On A Saturday Night’ pines, aches for lost love, complete with a fucked-up doo-wop vibe – having heard it you can be as sure as hell you wouldn’t your daughter to spend a Saturday night in the arms of these boys, they’ll be showing their chosen hell-bunny a few things there mommies didn’t know you could do….which appropriately leads us to closer ‘The Devil’s Come Rag’ – yep you read that right…this one is a crazy psychobilly instrumental in homage of Satan’s very own precious seed complete with some neat slap-back bass, and a shredding ride the rip curl guitar riff.
Four tracks of mashed up psychobilly, surf guitar, doo-wop and good time rootin-tootin rockabilly coming at you complete with Leeds attitude, its dark, jagged and will fuck you over with a smile – nasty rock and fuckin’ roll!!
1. I Lied
2. Ram Riders
3. Lonely on a Saturday Night
4. The Devils Come Rag