THE TREMORS – Old-Fashioned Hillbilly Feud

Album: Old-Fashioned Hillbilly Feud

Artist: Tremors

Label: Brain Drain

Release Date: May 06, 2014

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Hailing from the unlikely rockabilly hotbed of Greensboro, NC, the Tremors commenced operations about a decade ago and have since amassed a sizable international following. The album titles telegraph the aesthetic: Scourge of the South, Invasion of the Saucermen (which came with 3-D artwork and accompanying glasses), Demon Boogie Fever. Likewise for this new one, which marries classic Sun Records sides and other ‘billy heroes of that era to more modern hiccup ‘n’ twang as practiced by the Reverend Horton Heat, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Deadbolt, etc.

From the opening salvo of the riotous “Cabin Fever” and the feverish romp that is “Delirious” to the raveup shuffle of “Mean As a Snake” (about, incidentally, one of those dark-haired tattooed beauties your mama always warned you about) and the tenderly-rendered cover of “Wreck of the Old 97” that closes the set, the trio doesn’t waste a sec in waving the rockabilly flag high. Jimmy Tremor (guitar, vox), Slim Perkins (upright bass, vox) and Stretch Armstrong (drums) are all about efficiency and economy; only one of these dozen tunes runs more than two minutes, and the whole thing clocks in at just 22 minutes, making for a no muss/no fuss experience. It’ll have you shakin’, shiverin’, shimmyin’ and shootin’ for the moon, no lie.

DOWNLOAD: “Mean As A Snake,” “Delirious”

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