..If you like the Caravans, you'll love frontman Mark Penington's side project Mark & The Slumdogs. Look out for their debut album soon on Raucous.
Mark and the other guys have busy schedules with their main bands - but will be playing occasional dates as the Slumdogs. Dates announced so far are:
26 Mar 2010 LUXEMBOURG venue tbc (LUX)
28 Mar 2010 THE RAMBLER - EINDHOVEN (NL)
2 Apr 2010 ROCKIN’ AROUND TURNHOUT PRE-PARTY (Belgium)
8 Sep 2010 HIGH ROCKABILLY FESTIVAL - CALAFELL (Spain)
....Australian Voodoobillies Rocket To Memphis have announced the following UK dates in April 2010:Fri April 16 - Alsager Arms, Stoke on TrentSat April 17 - Gypsy Hotel, LondonSun April 18 - Engine Room, BrightonThu April 22 - Mad Ferret, PrestonFri April 23 - The Vic, CoalvilleSat April 24 - Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
Check out their album "Hip Shakin' Voodoo" out now on Raucous Records.
..review from www.sleazegrinder.com
THE VOODOO DEVILS
By its very nature as a mutation of Rockabilly, punk and beer-ligerent Ted mentality Psychobilly can seem caged in a corner it created, forever content to charge about its bricked-up b-movie basement, churned out like Hammer or Roger Corman films. However, it does remain largely ageless, perhaps due to its cannibalistic bent, and when it be as good as these French fear-farmers get several times on debut More! then its eternal vitality when performed with such indecent correctness shows why it's growing ever stronger since its immediate post-punk genesis. Although The Meteors DNA is evident like Fenech's best the 'Devils hammer nails into the wrists of some wanton wrongdoings. Frazzled speed-surfing guitars strafe clutch-cranking Link Wray / Johnny Thunders garage savagery on Paranoia, spooky organ-grinding jig of Monster, bestialize the Batman theme tune on Voodoo Dust and wrestle with the devil for control of the wheel on Them's Baby Please Don't Go. Tastiest throats go to the fog-rolling dance-floor thrash of Hellbop that stakes the Sun Sound to the darkest pits around, as the slide and harmonica-led Outlaw Man has you noose-bound in no time. While bats are indeed released and ghost trains ride again unabated these guys are digging with bare hands back to braying R'n'B and the cavernous energy of early Rock'n'Roll, not simply re-treading obvious psychobilly clichés. By burying the more cartoon, ghoulier-than-thou image, the appeal of these particular Devils may broaden further.
- Stu Gibson
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THE CRAWDADS : Released! CD.
The Crawdads are no fly-by-nights on the Rockabilly scene. They have been around for some 20 years, and this is only their second album in that time.The Crawdads first appeared on the Northwood label in the mid 1980s, a company legendary among Rockabilly fans. They became in-demand as a live act, several companies requested compilation contributions before they finally released their debut album 'On A Platter' on Raucous. This Vinyl LP showed The Crawdads' ability to combine the authentic 1950s Rockabilly sound with excellent, edgy song-writing - something which is continued here on their second album, a decade later. Quality reigns above quantity - and the standard of their original songs such as 'Narcotic', 'Strange Boulevard' and 'Feed The Flame' along with their dynamic covers of 50s obscurites by Mel Dorsey, Don Roberts and Sonny Fisher remains impeccable.
Little Lil ~ Lucky In Love ~ Narcotic ~ One Long Road ~ One & Only ~ Gypsy Woman ~ Strange Boulevard ~ I Can't Lose ~ Midnight Rendezvous ~ The Answer Is Yes ~ Feed The Flame ~ Beating In My Heart ~ Run For My Money ~ Pocket Full Of Rainbow.