The Bloodless Pharoahs

Bloodless Pharoahs

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12 studio-quality tracks from 1978-79 (the exact source of these recordings is not revealed). Brian Setzer takes a much more secondary role here than he would in the Stray Cats, limiting himself to guitar (which doesn't dominate the band's sound nearly as much as it did the Stray Cats) and backing vocals. Indeed, the more crucial figure is keyboardist Ken Kinnally, who delivers the songs in a deadpan, blase style. The rush of local bands that sprang up in the U.S. in punk's aftermath has still not been documented much on reissues. This is one of the better ones you're likely to find, mixing some trad rock values (a bit of melody, instrumental competence) with trendily bleak observations of mechanized late-20th century life.