Ghost Town Deputies

Rattletrap

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"All Shook Up" meets All Shook Down on the second release from California drunk rockers Ghost Town Deputies. Rattletrap sounds exactly as the title suggests: rough, boozy, and dirty, taking the raw energy of early Replacements albums and jamming it into a rockabilly-infused pair of cowboy boots. The increased involvement of Johnny "Rockslide" Ford's lap steel on this album gives the sound a broader, more sprawling feel, and singer/songwriter Ian Trumbull knows how to write a greasy hook, making the songs heartfelt whether they're shot-fueled rave-ups or broken-hearted laments. Highlights include the leadoff track "Furs & Hides," the ode to "package liquor pool and darts" "Veranda Bar," and a retelling of Trumbull's earlier composition "Double Fisted" which sounds even more insistent in this honky tonk environment than it did on the Deterants' Motors for Tricycles. Brash and busted, dusty and determined, Ghost Town Deputies sweat dishonest livin' and honest rock & roll.

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