Album Review: Wild Evel & The Trashbones – “Digging My Grave”
Wild Evel and the Trashbones are a garage rock four-piece signed to (where else?) Dirty Water records and after a few years of touring, this is their debut album.
There’s an enjoyably warped gorehound sense of humour on Digging My Grave, as the likes of the title track and Bugs On My Back conjure up the spirit of the gleefully horror-schlock rock of Screaming Lord Sutch from way back when, or maybe even The Cramps at a push. You’ll also hear echoes of other bands of this ilk such as King Salami and The Cumberland Three and MFC Chicken on tracks like 300 Pounds and Why Can’t We Be Like The Satelliters?
However, there’s definitely more of a 60s garage rock influence than the 50s rock ‘n’ roll props of the two aforementioned acts, and the likes of The Mess I’m In and Fried Chicken Legs actually bear a weird resemblance to The Small Faces or one of the countless Nuggets compilations bands of the era. Which isn’t a bad thing at all, let’s be honest.
Retro it may be, but this is an enjoyable way to spend half an hour of your time. Definitely worth investigating.
There'll always be an appetite for this sort of gleefully twisted take on garage rock, and Wild Evel & The Trashbones certainly serve up an intoxicating enough brew from some fairly familiar ingredients. For those who like simple stripped back fuzzed-up rock 'n' roll, this is definitely worth checking out.