Retarded Rats- Screams From The 10th Planet
Psychobilly appears to be alive and relatively well in Leipzig. Joe Whyte reviews for LTW.
Killjoy Records out of Germany are an industrious cottage industry that specialize in all manner of weird and wonderful coloured vinyl albums and singles, cassette releases and the ephemera of B-movie trash and the type of madness that Lux and Ivy would have loved to have spent some time exploring.
This is the first full-length from Retarded Rats who comprise Anna Killjoy on vocals and double bass, Flatty Killjoy on guitar and keys and Mutant Ann on drums and backing vocals. They are clearly a trio very much in love with the whole trash aesthetic and the boom-spat drums and echo of classic psychobilly runs riot through the songs.
The production is a little lo-fi; I suspect that they’ve tried to capture a bit of the Sun Studios vibe and having recorded most of the album live to tape, they’ve succeeded in part. It’s a trifle too undercooked for me although true fans of the genre won’t care a jot. The album is a limited coloured vinyl release (as well as on cassette) for that authentic Klub Foot Records feel.
There are twelve songs that rarely stray from the tried and tested formula of The Meteors or Demented Are Go but again, fans will lap it up. there are elements of the Medway garage sound at times and it’s a solid collection. Highlights include “You Lost My Brain” and the closing title track but it’s all pretty good in a not-very-challenging psychobilly way. If you like this stuff, this is one to add to your want list.
All words by Joe Whyte. You can find more from Joe in his author archive.