TAMPA/ST. PETE: TO DO: PINE BOX BOYS @ DAVE'S AQUA LOUNGE & DR DOG @ THE CROWBAR

This Friday the murdergrass outfit out of San Francisco, The Pine Box Boys, will make their triumphant return to the stage at Dave’s Aqua Lounge. The last time these guys came through town I partied a little too hard with my good buddies Beam and Ginger and was unable to write a decent review of the show…which is a good sign I had one hell of a good time, and I did.  The interplay of the band members as well as their faux-arguments even makes the between song innerband banter a complete riot.

You’re asking, what does the band sound like? You’re wondering, what exactly is murdergrass? Well let’s say you take Old Crow Medicine Show and Those Poor Bastards and you put them in a blender. Now, if you  were to puree them what you would get would be one hell of a mess, but if that mess could somehow make music…that amalgam of Old Crow and TPB would be The Pine Box Boys. If Old Crow are Dr. Jekyll, then The Pine Box Boys are their Mr. Hyde.

So, come join me at Dave’s Friday night and listen to Mr. Lester T. Raww confess to more murders than the Green River Killer. Try not to think too ill of them, though, as they said a few years back, ““We never wanted any of them ladies to get killed. But they kept on bleeding and Willie kept on stabbing, so, well, I reckon we HAD to write a song about it.

Flawless logic if you ask me.

The Pine Box Boys – I Had To Cut Her
The Pine Box Boys – Just A Crush
The Pine Box Boys – Hair Of Gold
The Pine Box Boys – The Pallbearers

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9B editor and guest contributor Marci also wants to make sure you all know about Dr. Dog coming to the Crowbar this Thursday night.  When she saw them at Lollapalooza last year, this is what she had to say about their show, “These guys are 100% pros and fit all the energy and music they could into the hour allotted to them on the little MySpace stage.  Much of the crowd knew the lyrics to every song, and as the five guys gave their all, for a little while it felt as if we’d been transported from this sunny public park to a little local gin joint.  If you get a chance to see these guys, do it, you won’t be disappointed.”  She tells me that this time they’ll be playing a place that should far better enhance their raw, blues-filled harmonies and they should not be missed.

Dr Dog – Army of Ancients
Dr Dog – The Beach

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THOSE POOR BASTARDS – SATAN IS WATCHING

The leaves are dying, the weather is turning and last night no shortage of demons, devils and ghouls came knocking on my door…Halloween? No, the new Those Poor Bastards album, Satan Is Watching (the official soundtrack for Halloween) showed up.

Satan is Watching is the second album Those Poor Bastards have released this year and it’s easily the better of the two and could make a decent argument for being their best album to date. I’ve described TPB in the past as such:

“Imagine Death himself plopping his ass down at your campfire with his pal and band mate, Desperation, and they break out in song. what do you think that would sound like? I am gonna say Those Poor Bastards is pretty fucking close.”

While the framework of this album is prototypical TPB, there seems to be a greater focus on beats and grooves than there has been on the past few efforts. One of the highlights of the album has to be their cover of Cash’s “I Walk The Line”. The Minister and Lonesome manage to take this lovely proclamation of love and turn it into something wholly different, and with little more than a change in delivery it almost becomes a rally song for stalkers far and near. I gotta say, I love it.

Back in March I declared The Plague as Essential Listening and now, a mere 5 month’s later, I gotta declare Satan Is Watching to be the same god damned thing.

Those Poor Bastards – I Walk The Line
Those Poor Bastards – The Bright Side
Those Poor Bastards – Crooked Man

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THOSE POOR BASTARDS – THE PLAGUE

Imagine Death himself plopping his ass down at your campfire with his pal and band mate, Desperation, and they break out in song….what do you think that would sound like? I am gonna say Those Poor Bastards is pretty fucking close…. ~ Autopsy IV

Turning down the country part of their Doom country sound, while concentrating the remaining doom, I would be inclined to say that if there ever was to be a serial killer convention, The Plague would be the soundtrack. Those Poor Bastards have ascended from their depths of despair with eleven new tracks of suffering. Fittingly enough, it landed on my doorstep in the midst of a surprise thunderstorm. I put it on and opened the front door, letting in the angry winds in while TPB painted a picture of mankind’s impending doom. While this is probably their best effort to date, TPB still aren’t for delicate ears. However, if you’re in the mood for the sounds of heavy reverb, organs, filth and disease, then The Plague is Essential Listening.

Those Poor Bastards will also be playing this years Deep Blues Festival…as if you needed another reason to be at that.

Those Poor Bastards – Sick & Alone
Those Poor Bastards – A Curse
Those Poor Bastards – Old Pine Box

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Those Poor Bastards – Hellfire Hymns

Hauling themselves right out of a haunted 1930’s Americana, Those Poor Bastards have a new cd, “Hellfire Hymns.” While their previous effort “Songs of Desperation,” explored the depths of misery and despair, “Hellfire Hymns” is a journey into sin, insanity, and moral decay. Proper folks have concluded that you will probably go straight to hell for listening to this cd. I might be inclined to agree were it not that both Wyatt and the good preacher are both legally certified holiness preachers. However, should a distorted Lonesome Wyatt moaning over banjos, organs, guitars and a very old and very broken piano appeal to you, then you are probably hell bound already, and you should behold the black sheep of the bible belt. Their sound has not changed much from when last I wrote about them:

Imagine death himself plopping his ass down at your campfire w/his pal and band mate desperation and they break out into song….what do you think that would sound like? I am gonna say Those Poor Bastards is pretty fucking close….Their bio says; “Those Poor Bastards play miserable and primitive old-time gothic country music.” Really, there is nothing more to say….that is pretty spot on…

It’s still spot on. Those Poor Bastards play it raw and they play it mean. Be a pal and support independent anti corporate country music.

Those Poor Bastards – Family Graveyard

Those Poor Bastards – The Dust Storm
Those Poor Bastards – God Damned Me

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Hellfire Hymns is available for pre-order:

I got the goddamned grim news from Those Poor Bastards this morning:

Pre-order is now available for “Hellfire Hymns“. Don’t forget to take yourself a look at our horrific new posters. Forgive us Lord.