The Surreal McCoys

The Howl and the Growl

by Steve Horowitz

6 December 2015

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The Surreal McCoys

The Howl and the Growl

(Across the Aisle)
US: 11 Sep 2015
UK: 11 Sep 2015

The Surreal McCoys make a lot of noise and know how to have fun. The dozen tracks on their latest album can be found at the corner of hard rock and outlaw country, a place where Johnny Cash is still the king and still drinks with the Brits. How else could one come up with a mashup of Cash and Led Zep (“Whole Lotta Folsom”) without sounding cheesy or corny. The songs reek of revenge and cries for help, sex, paranoia, liquor, crime and decadence in a way that adds a dangerous edge to the music.

“Love me and be true or else.” These lyrics are sung to a motorific sound of pounding drums and snaky guitar riffs, heavy bass and raw rhythm guitar. Think the ‘Mats in their metal phase or classic cow-punk, and you’ve got the idea. The Surreal McCoys convey a sense of urgency, as if life choices matter—even when you have little choice in the matter. Ironic, maybe, but prophetic as well. You may start out howlin’ at ‘em, yet understand that the only possible response is a growl.

The Howl and the Growl


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