Deadbolt I Should Have Killed You
By Marcus Pan
Deadbolt have been playing for a decade and a half now. I
Should Have Killed You is their seventh release. Made up of Harley Davidson
(guitar/vocals), Robert RA MacLean (bass), Tank Johnson (drums) and
occasionally Ms. Diana Death (guitar), they put together a bit of a
blasé rockabilly thing, similar to The Young Werewolves
or Cult of the Psychic Fetus. Only with less excitement.
Their sound is laid back, more billy than rock. Lyrics are a
bit hum drum and overall the sound lends itself more to a Johnny Cash
performance to a pressed CD. From the slow moving I Should Have Killed
You to the zombie story of Tell Me Where He Lies, Deadbolt take a
folk tale approach to their music reminiscent of Charlie Daniels Band.
Harleys vocals are deep and tough as he spins his yarns.
Whats lacking on I Should Have Killed You is
excitement. The music is standard fare, the lyrics are cute and simple and I
find myself looking for something a bit more interesting. Scary Voodoo
Girl hops from ghoul to ghoul for example.
Theres a remake of Jimmy Deans Big Bad
John here as well, with a continuation of the story at the end in which
John makes it out of the mine and goes on a killing spree. Let the folk hero
lie, says I
he died with more honor than Deadbolt give him. But then
again, most of Deadbolts music is about killing things and those things
occasionally waking up.
The old west meets modern splatterpunk here on
Deadbolts I Should Have Killed You. Its cutesy, but Im
expecting a bit more complication, a bit more excitement and some better
stories from a band with a decade and a half of history.
Post: PO Box 555, Stn. P, Toronto, ON, M5S 2T1, Canada
Phone: (416) 516-0514
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