Review from Jumping 6 to 6

The Black Crabs - Blast Off
Ravenous Records
Blast Off! - Pickup Line - Can't Find the Doorknob - Shelton Express Cat's Pajamas - Sweet Sweet Girl Dangerous Curves - I Do - Rink Lay - Poor Jenny - Stink Bomb Dirty Old Man - Singin' The Blues - Ready Ready Ready

Coming from Seattle, The Black Crabs are The Donettes minus Rebecca the singer. Originally the band was formed for a short time to back the legendary Wanda Jackson but they're still together playing their brand of modern rockabilly and that's a good point for us. Guitar player and lead singer Jonathan Stuart wrote eight songs and the remaining six are covers, ranging from Don Gibson to The Sonics via The Everly Brothers. With such different covers you're not surprised to hear more than just rockabilly (well represented throughout this album with Kirsten's effective slap bass) in their influences. A little bit of Link Wray here (the instrumental named..."Rink Lay"), jazz ("Cat's Pajamas"), 60's stuff ("Stink Bomb"with twangy electric bass) and a pinch of country. The whole album is played with a positive "don't look back" attitude (very nice production work) which is a good way to take a fifty year old musical tradition into the new century. Take a look at their website: which is as well designed as this CD is.
Fred Turgis

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