CD Review: The Whiskey Daredevils

Introducing the Whiskey Daredevils (Knock Out/Drink n Drive)

At this point, the Whiskey Daredevils (singer Greg Miller, bassist Ken Miller, drummer Leo P. Love and guitarist Gary Siperko) could probably write a new set of cowpunk classics just traveling from gig to gig. Introducing the Whiskey Daredevils is the band's sixth album since the group debuted in 2004, following Old Favorites, Essentials, Greatest Hits, Live in Berlin and The Very Best of, and it's got 13 barroom howlers that feature the Daredevils' signature rock satire — everything from blues lampoons ("Left Me on a Train") to drug-bust surf ballads ("Thicker Than Wine") and creepy Taco Bell love songs ("Senorita").

This is the first album with guitarist Gary Siperko (who filled the big boots of founding guitarist Bobby Lanphier in 2008), but he's a perfect addition to the Daredevil's diverse rural-rock sound. He fronts the album's more awesome moments, like the riffing, mad Motörhead six-string on "Party Plates," an homage to a poor bastard who has to drive around with D.U.I. tags. In the end, it's just like every Daredevils album — and similar to those by Love and the Millers' old band the Cowslingers. That is, the music is smothered in grease-stained garage rockabilly that comes off something like Jason & the Scorchers and the Cramps. But rest assured: After these 13 shots, you'll shake your ass 'til the sun cracks through the chicken wire on the bar windows. — Keith Gribbins

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