Proll Guns – Horseflesh BBQ

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Austria is not renowned for its Wild West history or rascally varmints but it has produced a dirty, low-down, riff-slinger to send any outlaw running for the hills by the name of Proll Guns. The Salzburg based trio creates a sound which is like a predatory dust storm; uncompromising and intrusive western thrash ‘n’ roll which in the form of their band’s new album Horseflesh BBQ, just rifles ears and guns down defiance to its raw invasive way.

The ten track release is a bitch slap of thrash fuelled rock ‘n’ roll, like Grifter meets Pantera meets Triggerman in a gunfight of fiery grooves, brutal rhythms, and grouchy riffs. Imagine the possible soundtrack to a Tarantino merger of his films Dust Till Dawn and Django Unchained and Horseflesh BBQ is it. Making a potent impression with debut album And the Western Blood Runs in 2013, Proll Guns gave a tasty hint of its successor with the Fucking Troublemaker EP last year. Now the threesome of lead vocalist/bassist Evil Ed, vocalist/guitarist The Burner, and drummer Cra “Y“Maker have struck up the full stampede with the release of Horseflesh BBQ via NRT Records.

Mixed and mastered by producer Tue Madsen, Horseflesh BBQ brings to ears the dusty west with opener Texas Banjo Massacre, its redneck lures pulling the imagination into the tempestuous and devilish landscape to be persistently dragged over by the nine other thrash whipped stallions to come. The instrumental prowls and swipes at the senses, riffs and rhythms as antagonistic as the riffs are carnivorous and grooves intoxicating. It is a stirring start quickly matched and surpassed by the barbarous rioting of Horseflesh Barbecue. In no time the great grizzled tone of Evil Ed’s voice bullies and invites, its bearish animosity and belligerence matched by the scything swings of Cra “Y“Maker as The Burnet lassoes ears with venomously tempting grooves.

Proll Guns -  Horseflesh BBQ _RingMaster ReviewCoverartworkFrom Texas To Hell continues the sweaty and mischievous exploits of its predecessor, though initially it presents a gentle western welcome to a scenic peaceful landscape. Things soon turns nasty though as the riff loaded bandits launch another trash bred slab of bruising rock ‘n’ roll on the senses. No quarters are given and little mercy shown even with its contagious virulence, a quality just as agreeably unleashed by the evil-eyed Bloodgun Blues with its hip enslaving swagger and straight after the feral protagonist that is Fucking Troublemaker. The second of the two is addiction in hostile abandon, the glorious bastard son thrown out as the lead lure into Horseflesh BBQ and easy to see why with its roguish catchiness and five star hooks.

The blues laced heavy rock of Reno Gang beats up on ears next, it’s less gripping roar and bad-blood, in relation to its companions, still leading body and lusty enjoyment into naughty deeds before Lookin’ Out my Backdoor corrals them with flirtatious rhythms into the folkish, almost Celtic revelry at the heart of its moonshine soaked blowout. Both get ears and appetite all lustful again but not so much as the salacious wrong-doings of The Revolver. The track is like a modern day version of that villainous character tying maidens to railway tracks in silent movies, its animated air and provocative banjo twangs shaping the irresistible bounder of a song.

Swinging like an outlaw at the end of a hangman’s rope, Execution steps up next; its grooves moving like a temptress with spicy sonic seduction as everything becomes a more ferocious blaze around them. There is no escaping the bait, ears devouring eagerly before turning to the closing dark drama of Southern Slavery. It is an imagination sparking and emotion darkening portrait of sound but a touch of an anti-climax to the rousing ride the album has the listener on before it. All the same it is an intriguing and attention holding end to one thoroughly and increasingly enjoyable raid on the body and passions.

Like possibly many others, Horseflesh BBQ was our first ride with the Proll Guns but it certainly will not be the last. Rock ‘n’ roll has just revealed a whole new desperado.

Horseflesh BBQ is available from January 29th via NRT Records through most online stores and @ https://prollguns.bandcamp.com/album/horseflesh-bbq

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Pete RingMaster 29/01/2016

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Dennis Hopper Choppers – Girl Walked Out Of Town

‘Girl Walked Out of Town‘ is not only the second single taken from Dennis Hopper Choppers new album Be Ready, it is also an impressive and intriguing invitation into the band’s wider sound and perfect doorway to said acclaimed album.  The track is an ambient delight in that it instils the feeling of a dusty western setting as well as the passion fuelled emotion from a deep personal belief and determination. Three and a half minutes it maybe in length but it plays with an epic attitude and giant sound to reach far beyond the ear.

Dennis Hopper Choppers is the creation of English singer songwriter Ben Nicholls whose love affair with music started as a child. The bio on the band’s website states as a twelve year old he discovered the strikingly different sounds to what his friends were listening to, in the likes of Johnny Cash, Charlie Feathers, The Cramps, Sonny Burgess, and Link Wray. Listening to ‘Girl Walked Out of Town‘ it is no surprise as all of those in some degree can be heard in the tune, as can the likes of Nick Cave and Scott Walker. Do not make the mistake of thinking the song is a simple blend of recognisable flavours for it is a truly unique and stirring sound that sparks up the senses and enflames the heart.

The musical journey of Nicholls is interesting and a testament to determination and developing ideas as they are inspired, the beginnings of the Dennis Hopper Choppers project becoming more concrete as influences and situations played their hand. Skip over to the website http://www.dennishopperchoppers.com sometime for the full story and a glimpse into the man who has come up with this special impressive piece of music.

Girl Walked Out of Town‘ begins with a dramatic and ear grabbing guitar crash strumming and drum beating eruption, a climax before the song virtually gets going. The song then relaxes into a melodic sway as the emotive voice of Nicholls expels a story of the heart. The dramatic thrusts return to alternate with the emotional caresses, like big rampant peaks bursting into the ear. There is a pulsating urgency throughout driving the song and even in the subdued parts the eagerness to pass on its contents is constant. The end of the song is as notable as the start as the song simply evaporates away leaving thoughts and its western ambient touches swirling around the senses.

The song is only a few steps from wearing its mariachi sombrero, the Latin folk tones of the single helping to work up the pulse rate. As with the album the song is produced by Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode, Blur) and there is an obvious understanding that helps the touches and distinct emotions from all aspects of the song to strongly and effectively play upon and within the listener. It is a classic and what will be for a great many the perfect doorway to the musical world and sounds of Dennis Hopper Choppers.

RingMaster 25/11/2011

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