Graveyard BBQ Take to the Seas

dirt-core also dirt·core (dûrtkôr, -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.

Boone’s 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.

And 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 Others. (Tix and info here.)

LISTEN: "Graveyard BBQ (Reprise)" (MP3)

LISTEN: "Ride the Stache" (MP3)

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