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License to Party, Vol. 2

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License to Party, Vol. 2 offers 15 swaggering cover songs done up in high psychobilly and rockabilly revival style, covering most of the relevant sub-subgenres along the way. The Frantic Flintstones get things started with a surprisingly heartfelt take on the traditional "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia," but any subtlety is forgotten after the Quakes' trashy run through "Paint It Black" and Demented Are Go's awesome, super-sloppy version of Devo's "Mongoloid." Milwaukee's Psycho Bunnies (who, for the record, refer to their sound as "thrashbilly") turn in a raving "Jolene," while the Razorbacks' "Twisting By the Pool" suggests what the Stray Cats would sound like covering Dire Straits. License to Party is definitely a hoot all the way through, but MVP honors have to go to Meantraitors. The Russian psychobilly combo's "Wild Thing" is thoroughly unrecognizable, which of course makes it incredibly entertaining. Meantraitors aren't the only international representatives here -- Scum Rats and Splash Bones hail from Germany, while the Taggy Tones call Denmark home. License to Party will certainly be that if you like your music loud, your beer sudsy, and your leather black. Those listeners unfamiliar with these party favors will likely strike a pose similar to the square depicted on the disc's front cover, who is left to ponder how he came to be surrounded by rockabilly dudes and a hard-blowin' band.

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