What a neat little cd. I’ll bet, if you did not know, you could listen to this cd a dozen times and not realize that there are no drums. USWoM is a string band with an accordion. I know that could be read as “a bluegrass band with an accordion player”, but that seriously is not the case. They’ve labeled themselves “city grass”, and as they sound more dive-bar than blue and more country/blues than grass, I think it is a label that fits them just fine.
Their newest cd, Kerosene and Coal, was released in May of this year and features 12 glorious tracks of broken hearts, drunk friends and mistreated workers. Playing off the unique string band without a string band sound are three distinct vocalists. First, you have Gern F. sounding like Springsteen four days into a bender playing off Shawn Beauchamp’s Woodie Guthrie-esque delivery of working class anthems. Then those two are rounded out by one Ms. Felicity Hamer, whose sultry rasp adds enough grrr to the boys growl to make USWoM appealing to anyone.
I was holding on to this review for today. I wanted to come out of a week long hiatus with some awesome shit. Personally, I think Kerosene and Coal is just that. Most definitely taking up a spot on the Essential Listening list, I think the regular ninebullets.net reader will really be digging these guys.
I bet they are awesome live as well….but living in Florida I’ll do not think I’ll be finding out anytime soon.