The Silvermen Attack (Low Key)

The Silvermen 

The Silvermen Attack (Low Key)

Like conscious rappers, rockabilly artists can be off-puttingly strident about their allegiance to old-school aesthetics. The first vocal track on The Silvermen Attack, during which David "Zoop" Coonce rants like a megaphone-amplified carnival barker about "a time when music was real" and the "sounds of yesterday when talent mattered," is superfluous — this Kansas City quartet's jukebox rock already makes its retro leanings self-evident. The Silvermen aren't humorless traditionalists, though. I fashioned myself a homemade shiv/And went over to her house, Coonce announces during the blistering, drag-strip-speed "Torn Up" before backtracking to sheepishly announce that he's actually brandishing a letter opener, with which he plans to shred her favorite patch quilt. The twisted ballad "One of the Things You'll Love" depicts a stalker who vows that if his unsuspecting obsession rejects him, he'll leave flowers on her grave every night. Later, the humor gets sillier, as when Thomason punctuates the phrase Billy's in the bathroom making a stinky with a flatulent blast. The band's instrumentals, though solid, could use an injection of the group's colorful personality.

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