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ELLIOT RANDALL & THE DEADMEN – CAFFEINE AND GASOLINE

Caffeine and Gasoline

Randall grew up a good southern boy who, like many good southern boys, found his way to California where he is currently living in the bay area. With a little twang in the music and some obvious life experience in the lyrics he gives us an album where even the hopeful songs are just a little depressing, maybe because he’s in California and that’s depressing, but musically it’s a good thing. While Caffeine and Gasoline is little bluesier than a lot of what gets billed as modern Americana it’s a welcome departure from the norm. Great guitar riffs and three part harmonies punctuate lyrics like “The night we met your boyfriend beat me up/Then I came to and you were driving me home in my own pickup truck…” throughout the whole album making me think I should pick up some PBR on the way home, drive down to reservoir, open all the windows, crank the tape deck up and knock back a few in the bed of the truck and watch the clouds drift on by. Of course I can’t do that but I can always dream someone will “…get me drunk and take my keys…”

This one is Essential Listening as far as I am concerned.

Elliot Randall & The Deadmen - Good Love     

Elliot Randall & The Deadmen - Getting My Nerve Up     

Elliot Randall & The Deadmen - Judgement Day     

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7 Comments

  1. Adam Fenwick Adam Fenwick
    April 29, 2010    

    Add another to the “I gotta own this” checklist.

  2. Scott Fuchs Scott Fuchs
    April 29, 2010    

    Yeah…what Adam said…These guys are good…

  3. acedbt acedbt
    April 29, 2010    

    Good stuff! Esscential listening for sure……The Bourbon Crow not so sure.

  4. Rouge Rouge
    April 29, 2010    

    Been enjoying this album for a couple of months, definitely one of my favorites of the year.

    Solid album from start to finish

  5. Dianna Dianna
    April 29, 2010    

    Thanks for a great write-up. I am particularly glad you picked up on ‘Getting My Nerve Up’. My favorite on the record.
    Cheers, Dianna (ER’s manager)

  6. May 1, 2010    

    Goooood! So much better than the Whiskey Farts or Bourbon Cocksuckers posting.

  7. May 3, 2010    

    @Dianna – Thanks for reading us! These boys are great and I really enjoyed listening to the album for the review and like always I appreciate getting to leave it on the MP3 player because it’s good enough to keep listening to.

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