Sunday, September 04, 2022

Dead Cat In A Bag - We've Been Through [Gusstaff Records]

Scheduled for release via the Polish staple that is Gusstaff Records on September 16th, 2k22 with a vinyl version to follow supposedly in January 2k23 is "We've Been Through", the fourth album release by Italian band outfit Dead Cat In A Bag and their second one on the label. With ten brand new songs rolled out over the course of approx. 37 minutes Dead Cat In A Bag present a quite surprising, if not to say astounding, musical variation we'd never have expected to pop up on Gusstaff Records in a gazillion years - heavy, old time'ish and surely whiskey-infused Blues Rock. At least this is what the aptly named opening tune "The Cat Is Dead" hits us with immediately before the subsequent "From here" is adding a more tender, somewhat melancholic and Balkan-infused touch to the recipe, the raw, unpolished vocal performance of "Evil Plans" plays right into the realm of classic Americana and the untamed outlaw attitude oftentimes related to the genres story telling which makes this one a personal favorite on the album whereas the "Hunter's Lullaby" presents a rural, intimate, authentic and well nocturnal minimalism in Blues and "The Duet For Nothing" even weighs in an electrified, hard hitting vibe and hypermodernist attitude for a change that might be one of the most intense Blues cuts you're about to hear in 2k22. Well interesting and defo one to listen to with a bottle of bourbon or rye at hand. Go check.


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