Chicken Hawks

Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hit People

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With a name like the Chicken Hawks; a picture of an almost-toothless cowboy on the back cover; and track titles such as "Rollin' & Tumblin'," "Honky Tonk Girls," and "Texas Plain," one gets the preconception that these folks play some sort of insurgent country/cowpunk mix. In actuality, they do full-on garagey, blues- and R&B-fueled punk rock -- this is rock & roll that's too drunk to stand and too drunk to care. Drunken blues punk fits the genre of R.A.F.R. Records, and the Chicken Hawks do their best to entertain. Betsy Badly provides the vocals here and fills the record with an inspired mix of singing somewhere between Exene Cervenka and Loretta Lynn. The rest of the Chicken Hawks -- Sioux City Pete, Chris Davis, and Joe Ross -- lay down alternately tight and sloppy rock to power the songs. Garage rock received increased attention with the growing popularity of the White Stripes, the Strokes, and the Hives. It's an interesting experiment for the listener to figure out where the Chicken Hawks fit into that scheme. One guesses that they wouldn't care.

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