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-  Label: 'Submarine Cat Records'
-  Genre: 'Alt/Country' -  Release Date: '7th April 2017'

Our Rating:
This London five-piece take their name from the title of a Hunter S. Thompson memoir. This cool literary reference was presumably chosen as a link to the dark side of Americana which is the direction the band appear to be heading in.

They founded in early 2015 and are fronted by Felix Bechtolsheimer, formerly the singer-guitarist in the UK roots band Hey Negrita (named after a Rolling Stones tune).

Bechtolsheimer has struggled with heroin addiction but says: “Although ‘Severed’ is a dark record in places, it is not an addiction record. It’s about growing up enough to be able to share a drink with the ghosts of the past without letting them push you around.”

Produced at Gun Factory studio by Oli Bayston, the songs cover themes of infidelity (Don’t Look Down), sexual jealousy (He Takes My Place) and moments "when darkness and beauty collide" (Just My Head). <

In Each Time You Hurt the doleful message is evident : "All you want is something easy, what you get is hard as nails".

The gloom lifts for Send For The Whisky, a fairly conventional drinking song, while the lead single Pick Up The Pieces is relatively chirpy in this context.

Contrast this with the moody keyboards and quiet menace of London Rain, where lines about running from shadows bring to mind The Doors' Riders On A Storm.

The driving rhythm is a constant so even when the destination is not always a desirable one the sense of movement gives a sense of purpose to the journey.

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  author: Martin Raybould

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