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The Rodeo Carburettor

The Rodeo Carburettor

(Denko Secca; US: 13 Jun 2006; UK: Available as import)

Take seedy rock and roll or punk, send it to the land of the rising sun, and have them toss it back at you. Such is the case with Japanese trio the Rodeo Carburettor, which would give Jon Spencer Blues Explosion a definite run for their money on the opening song. The White Stripes are another strong touchstone on this record, as the lead singer’s voice seems to reach deep down for screams and howls like Jack White. Just as tasty and beefy is the rockabilly-based “Taxi Driver”, which would light a fire under anyone’s derriere. A perfect garage rock hellraiser! The trio doesn’t change their sound for change’s sake, with the tight, short and crisp “Mink Oil” also being a surefire rocker. Fans of Guitar Wolf would also revel in the rave-up that is “Bonnie”, which is performed half in Japanese (the lyrics, not the guitar parts!). The same thing goes for the punishing, frantic and maniacal “I Love R&R”, dirty and fabulous all at the same time. Perhaps the highlight on the album, which clocks in well under 30 minutes, is the old-school Brit rock feeling fuelling “R.B.B. (Rude Boy Bob)”. And the band closes things out with “Motor Head”, no doubt in honor of the British legends of the same name.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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