BENEATH THE BLOODSHOT LIGHTS - Scott Deluxe Drake and The World’s Strongest Men (Rankoutsider Records)
Two discoveries over the past year compelled me, like a moth to a light, towards Scott Drakes discography. The first was the Humpers classic song “(I’m) Watching You” being selected for inclusion on the Hellacopters' final CD "Head Off". Secondly, finding out that a man of impeccable taste, Pat Todd, had signed Scott Deluxe Drake and The World’s Strongest Men to his own Rankoutsider Records.
Over the past six months I have been delving deeper into Drake’s 27-year career which spans the likes of the Naughty Women, the Suicide Kings, the Thirsty Brats, the Humpers, the Fabulous Prizes, and the Vice Principals. Based on his track record, there’s no doubt Drake has a grasp on what elements make for exciting rock and roll. While other frontmen cater to the whims of current tastes, he remains focused on high octane punk. I looked forward to hearing the newest (June '09) release "Beneath the Bloodshot Lights".
The album is bookended by two tracks “9975” and “Ammunition” that map out its course. Scott and rest of the band Greg Odell (bass), Greg Brunton (drums), Saul Koll and Jeff Larson (guitars) identify their method: riff-driven, great vocals and Dolls/Pistols- inspired songwriting.
The mid-tempo “Foxy Deputy” is real standout. Melodic, searing guitar work, and a nice groove provided by the rhythm section of Odell and Brunton, dominate.
A few things should be noted: The EP is fairly short (six songs, totaling 17 minutes) so you'll probably be left wanting more. This is a quick burst of great songs. So, if you do get your hands on the full length CD "Grand Mal" (also available on Rankoutsider Records), your craving for more music will be satisfied. The EP is a companion piece to the earlier release, which on its own merits is another winner. – Arthur S
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