Following two 12-inch singles from 2003 and 2005, after a long wait, Rancid spinoff Devil’s Brigade released their debut self-titled album in 2010. In true psychobilly fashion, lead singer Matt Freeman sings in a gruff Gene Simmons-esque growl as he slaps his upright bass in time to the rhythmic skiffle of percussionist D.J. Bonebrake. “Ride Harley Ride” takes a surf-rock cue from Dick Dale with Tim Armstrong providing some tasty tremolo guitar bends, while “Bridge of Gold” takes a punky approach to Appalachian bluegrass. For this classic-sounding number, Freeman sings of his journeys out west in hopes of getting a job building the Golden Gate Bridge, as Lars Fredriksen and Tim Armstrong take drunken turns caterwauling the verses. It’s a far cry from the straightforward modern-day punk of Rancid, but open-minded fans of the band may find the tumbleweed twist from the norm enticing.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Lymangrover