Album Review: The Trailer Trash Orchestra – “Grave Tales”
Barrelling out of St Albans like a six-headed moonshine-sodden redneck nightmare, The Trailer Trash Orchestra gained some notoriety a few years ago by backing up ex-Vibrators frontman Knox on his country album The Knoxville Boy, which was a decent effort if a bit patchy in places. However, with an album of their own now on the shelves (actually their second but I’ll admit to unfortunately not having encountered their debut), it’s their chance to spread their collective wings and show what they can really do.
So imagine if The Urban Voodoo Machine had picked up their musical influences at the skid row end of Nashville rather than New Orleans and you wouldn’t be a million miles off the TTO sound. The lead singer has a similar bourbon-soaked howl to UVM frontman Paul-Ronney Angel and a lot of the song subjects are regarding drink and death – the desolate laments of Stopped My Medication, Dartmoor County Jail and Wayfaring Stranger bring to mind the rebel redneck likes of Hank Williams III or Bob Wayne, while they deserve credit for pulling off the tricky task of whacking the same dynamics on to a cover of The Clash’s Guns Of Brixton (their cover of Hank Williams’ Lost Highway is a bit more straight down the line).
Certainly a trip to the darker side of the Midwest, this is definitely well worth an investment if you fancy something a bit different this month.
Putting a very dark spin on country music and adding a few new tricks of their own into the mix, this is a good album which deserves a listen. Less Dolly Parton and more Mike Ness, Grave Tales definitely ticks all the boxes if you're looking to broaden your horizons with something new.