buttertones Gravedigging (LP, £13.25)label: Innovative Leisure
The Buttertones’ Gravedigging is more a movie waiting to happen than an album—or a soundtrack just waiting to inspire a movie, with scene after scene of action, tension and release set to a sound that takes everything good and true about American music before the Beatles prettied it up (surf, sweet soul, the boss saxophone-overdrive garage of the Northwest wailers like the Sonics) and matches it to punk energy, post-punk precision and the kind of personality that blows the circuit-breakers at a backyard party. Recorded at Jazzcats studio in LongBeach—home-away-from-home to fellow Innovative Leisure artists Hanni El Khatib, Tijuana Panthers, Wall of Death and more—in the spring of 2016, the sessions were supercharged with hard-won live experience from endless street-level shows and relentless midnight-to-six rehearsals at the Buttertones lock-out. Think of it this way: you might not yet know how the band that made Gravedigging is going to land—but you know it’s going to hit hard. Tracklisting 1. Pistol Whip 2. Sadie's A Sadist 3. Neon Cowboy 4. Two-Headed Shark 5. Matador 6. I Ran Away 7. Moroccan Monsoon 8. Geisha's Gaze 9. Ghost Safari 10. A Tear For Rosie 11. Gravediggin'
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