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Schwindy's Indie Music Spotlight: Thee Gravemen "Thee Gravemen"

If you haven't picked up on this yet, loyal reader, I am a sucker for releases from Dirty Water Records. So when I saw Thee Gravemen have a new release from the good folks at Dirty Water, of course I wanted to check it out. I was particularly intrigued by the description of this band as "trashy." And it is. It is Hasil Adkins trashy ("Get off My Back") and Mojo Nixon trashy. Thee Gravemen comprises some dingy guitars and primitive drums that sound like they were recorded on something found at a flea market. And I love it.

I'll tell you something else. I'm not the only one that loves it. My oldest son (at the ripe age of 2 years, 8 months) loves "My Girlfriend is a Werewolf." If you listen to this song, it probably won't take long to figure out why someone less than three years old would like it. The song opens with a howl and a catchy beat that is bound to get anyone (regardless of age) moving. The melody of this song reminds me of "She's All Liquored Up" by Mojo Nixon. Oh, and did I mention that this song includes the line, "She howled at the moon and the moon howled back." How great is that? My son is also a big fan of "Outro." This song features a gravelly voice and a falsetto voice alternating saying, "Oh baby!" Listen to this song and then imagine a kid less than three years old doing either or both parts.

"Let There Be Drums" is a really cool song. This song reminds me a lot of "Bongolia" by Incredible Bongo Band. Naturally, the guitar in this song is minimal and is a great spotlight for the rhythm section of this band. If it weren't great enough that this band pulls from Hasil Adkins and Mojo Nixon, it also does a fair tribute to Bo Diddley with "Graveman." The guitar in this song is right out of the Bo Diddley textbook.

From beginning to end, this band delivers some deliciously trashy rock and roll that is best enjoyed with some good lager in a dark, cramped basement club. If you like primitive, trashy garage rock, this is an album you must have in your collection.

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