dirt-core also dirt·core (dûrt“kôr”, -k½r”) n. 1. A genre
of music combining elements of blues, country, rock and roll, heavy metal, and
thrash. 2. This specific
style of music, usually played at ear-splitting volume, by Waltham’s Graveyard BBQ (who coined the term);
Holy flurking shnit, that dirtcore just
about melted my @#$%& face off.
Only a band as audacious and hellacious as Graveyard
BBQ can get away with calling their debut record Greatest Hits, Volume
1. And only they could follow that one up with a record called Greatest
Hits, Volume 2 without looking ridiculous.
But on their second record, guitarist Brownbag Johnson, bassist Bud Black,
drummer Billy Z. Bub, and new singer Howlin’ Jack Boone bring the noise. Theirs
is a stomping chthonic racket dragged up from the underground — way underground.
vox is soul-rattling, switching from a demonic croak, to a greased-Axl scream,
to a deep, guttural howl that’s enough to crumble tombstones.
when that voice is engulfed by the all-consuming scorch of Brownbag’s electric-fence
guitar, buffeted by the stuck-pig squeals of screeching slide, walloped by Black’s
rumbling bass, peppered with the buckshot of Bub’s martial drumming, the effect
is akin to finding yourself in some sulfur-reeking grotto, being poked in the
keister by red-hot pitchforks while fetid-breathed zombie rednecks stand around
and gawk at you. Or something like that.
Anyway, it’s a bit of a fire and water thing as Graveyard BBQ take to the ocean for for some pillaging and assorted other high-seas hijinx, celebrating their new record aboard a Boston Harbor Booze
Cruise this Friday, July 6 with A Cold Reality, Captain Cutthroat, Primary
and info here.)
LISTEN: "Graveyard BBQ (Reprise)" (MP3)
LISTEN: "Ride the Stache" (MP3)
WATCH: Graveyard BBQ on Boston.tv: