The Barbarellatones - Beyond the Valley of the
By Marcus Pan
I've been getting a lot of gothabilly and older school
basement goth these days. Zombina and the Skeletones(1), Dead New Year(2), The
Young Werewolves(3) the genre just keeps cropping up. This time around
we're dealing with the dirtiest and nastiest of the lot. The Barbareallatones
make Zombina look like a Lady in Waiting and Dead New Year like gentleman in
Right from the get-go with Hellhound...about Jethro
the Gothabilly Mutt. Discussion of his bitch chasing, ass sniffing, sex-crazed
life is just beyond even Zombina's Spring Heeled Jack. Mixing up one
part country, one part horror cliche and the dirty souths uninhibited
nature, Beyond the Valley of the Barbarellatones is blasphemy at its
Simple in lyrics, boring but groovy in music make-up, The
Barbarellatones go for the shock therapy style of wowing the crowd.
Gothabilly Gulch is laid back and cliche, but done with a cheeky style
that makes it fun and interesting. The Fire of Love remains simple and
cheeky and about as intellectually endowed as a zombie chowing down on a
retard's grey matter.
Suffice to say that The Barbarellatones aren't around to
give you pause to think. They simply expect you to get drunk, fuck something
and do it while listening to such simple diddys as Baby Wants a Corndog
and Love is a Roadapple. I Killed Love attempts a sickly
sweetness with its ballad based piano. Candy Store does the same
well, in a Warrant's Cherry Pie sort of way really, sexual explicitness
held in check only by a broodingness.
Overall, I thought The Barabarellatones was cute and cheeky.
Simplistic, but good for stupors, it does a good job of portraying gothabilly
at its dirtiest. Don't play Through the Valley of the Barbarellatones
while mommy's around, kiddies.
Post: PO Box 5583, Vancouver, WA 98668-5583, USA
(1) I Was a Human Bomb For the F.B.I. was
reviewed in Legends #149 and Mondo Zombina! was
reviewed in Legends #152.
(2) The Hangmans 8 was
reviewed in Legends #153.
(3) Their interview was featured in Legends
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