Submitted by: rockabilly_girl
Publication date - 20 September 2008
The mighty talent of Vince Ray and his band has once again exploded onto CD via their latest album 'Zombie Radio'. As you may know Vince Ray has two ongoing musical projects, under his own name with the Boneshakers and more Punky Garage-Billy band The Vincent Razorbacks. This album is more on the ghoulish Rockabilly/Psychobilly side of things, so just a little bit closer to my soft girly taste.
As you might expect from the name of the album, it's all about zombies, skeletons, other bewitched creatures, cars and women.
The album kicks off with hard-hitting drums and fierce guitar licks in 'Betty Bitch'. The music here goes as hard as rockabilly can go. Vince, who provides guitar as well as singing, keeps the sound clear and clean - so when he does add fuzz, it works well emphasizing a more Psychobilly sound on songs such as track 2 'Let's Go Psycho'. 'Zombie Radio' is a furious Psycho/Rockabilly track on which the drums and double bass clicks create a rhythmic storm which suck in all your emotions. As well as the self-penned songs, "Zombie Radio" includes well performed covers of The Cramps's 'What's Inside A Girl', Generation X's 'King Rocker' and others. The cute rap which Vince performs on 'King Rocker' has to be mentioned in the review - excellent!
'Zombie Radio' as a whole album manages to stay on the edge of psychobilly and rockabilly styles, but is not limited to them. The musicians are too good and versitile to stay within any boundaries. The album is not for purist rockabillies, but for fans of The Cramps and similar voodoo rockers. The Boneshakes capture something unusual, clever, witty and dark, with it's own wild style.
The CD is presented stylish digipack with large double sided colour poster with Vince Ray's personal drawing for each song.
I mean the man can draw, the man can play guitar, the man can sing, Vince is a true present day Rock'n'Roll legend!