Sired by a
lineage of Texas
weirdos from Roky Erickson to Gibby Haynes,
painter/author/poet/comedian/filmmaker John Wesley Coleman III delivers his
definitive artistic statement as a musician on his excellent third solo LP.
Recorded both at
a friend’s cabin deep in the Lone Star State wilderness and in Oakland,
California at Creamery Studio with producer and neo-psych wunderkind Greg
Ashley, The Last Donkey Show finds
the former Golden Boy from Austin prominently showcasing the R&B and
country undertones that exists within his quirky brand of lo-fi garage punk on
key cuts like AM Radio-channeling “Animal Bed,” the soulful, Band-esque
“The Howling” and Roky rollicking “She’s Like Dracula”.
It’s a sound
that suggests Hallowed Ground-era
Violent Femmes if they were more influenced by the Sir Douglas Quintet than the
Modern Lovers, solidifying the promise of Coleman’s earlier studio efforts that
any fan of the Goner label will undoubtedly appreciate.
DOWNLOAD: “Virgin Mary Queen,” “Animal
Bed,” “The Howling,” “She’s Like Dracula” RON HART