Rube Waddell

Hobo Train [Reissue with Bonus Tracks]

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When a group combines the junkyard circus instrumentation (and sometimes vocals reminiscent) of Tom Waits and the slop blues-rock of, say, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion or some Fat Possum artists, the overall impression can't help but be: "Demented." Disturbed and proud, this haphazard percussion-vocals-harmonica (and miscellaneous instruments) gang throw down in a manically happy way. Some might mistake that grin for a leer, but don't be so paranoid, the boys are just having fun. Did I mention they often stage street performances? Rube Waddell is very much a Vaccination Records band and now their LP Hobo Train is available on CD, supplemented with five live tunes.

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