Reviews Boxcar Satan & Ghostwriter Hobo Nouveau

Boxcar Satan & Ghostwriter

Hobo Nouveau

I’ll admit - I have a bit of a problem with modern blues. For me, blues, real blues ended in the 1940’s with the likes of Robert Johnson and Hudie William “Leadbelly” Ledbetter. When you’re a black man in the deep south, you best believe you’re gonna have the blues. Nowadays, what the fuck are you bitching for?

Boxcar Satan never purported to be authentic delta blues. They play blues with a toothy (alright, maybe missing the front few) grin and a joie-de-vive that keeps me from complaining too much. Despite the fact that singer Sanford Allen really wants to be Tom Waits. Don’t get me wrong, loving Tom Waits is never a bad thing but trying to sound like him is usually a lost cause. Ask Scarlett Johannson.

So, in Boxcar Satan we have a trio of individuals that can, at times pull off a washtub blues act that, with a heavy bass rhythm ala Morphine, with sporadic guitar and a Bob Log III-style tongue-in-cheek isn’t so bad on another listen. In Ghostwriter, we have an individual with more of a punk sensibility to the proceedings.

Together we have Hobo Nouveau, a horrible title for a better-than-average album.
Thirteen tracks in all in the pseudo-gothic vein – some originals, some covers (including a decent version of Bob Dylan’s “Serve Somebody”).

I don’t have to tell you people that this style of music rarely works – at best, it sounds like a passable knockoff of others gone before. Tolerable, but a knockoff, nonetheless. As is the mantra for most album reviews these days - there’s nothing new here. I say this not as an elitist but as one who cares. One who searches, one who pines for fresh exciting sounds for his ear-holes, but rarely finds them. Hobo Nouveau isn’t that sound, but it’s enough to make me want to take a break before beginning the search anew.

6.3 / 10Kevin Fitzpatrick
Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground
Leave a comment

6.3 / 10

6.3 / 10

Share this content
Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
Recent reviews

Sakevi Yokoyama

Oppressive liberation spirit Volume 1

9.0 / 10 Sakevi Yokoyama - Oppressive liberation spirit Volume 1 album cover
Book Review

An essay I penned a couple of years ago will help to set the scene to describe the influence Sakevi Yokoyama and G.I.S.M. had on me as a juvenile delinquent.In essence, ...

Quintron and Miss Pussycat

Goblin Alert

8.0 / 10 Quintron and Miss Pussycat - Goblin Alert album cover

Quintron & Miss Pussycat is a project like no other. They call it “Swamp-Tech,” from New Orleans, and it’s dance rock with otherworldly, high energy vibes and puppets. With 16 ...

Mr. Bungle

The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny

8.0 / 10 Mr. Bungle - The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny album cover

When Mr. Bungle announced their first shows in nearly 20 years last August, fans worldwide rejoiced that their beloved Bungle had finally awoken after laying dormant for almost 20 years.But ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.