|So Charmin', Trailer Park Casanovas
El Toro Records ETCD-3010
The El Toro Records' slogan "The Sound Will Charge You" already indicates that they don't issue just plain rockabilly, country or rock 'n' roll music, but a mix of musical sounds and styles that are, to say the least, different from what you would expect. This certainly goes for the Trailer Park Casanovas, who's sound can not be categorized into rockabilly, country, rock or pop. It's a little of everything, melted together to what they like to call "White Trash". Actually, country-rock, or southern rock come to mind. Sometimes I think I hear influences of The Eagles (I'm So Charmin', Michele) and maybe even some Lynyrd Skynyrd (How Come). But the band can sure do fast paced rock 'n' roll too (Run It In The Ground) as well as 50s style rockabilly (I Still Got It, Pain Pills). Don't be surprised to even find some California Surf sound (Santa Ana), or a bit of rhythm & blues (Drunk). Mix surf with hillbilly and you will probably end up with "A Rounder". Did I mention Classic Rock? Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" would sure fall into that category I guess. And like on their first CD "End Of An Era", there's a 10 minute hidden bonus track at the end, studio talk and some jamming.
After listening to this CD a couple of times, I must conclude that it's pretty good music, and the Trailer Park Casanovas are pretty good musicians too, but apart from a few tracks, it can not be labeled "rockabilly". I guess you'll have to decide for yourself whether or not you like it...
CD Liner Notes:
White Trash eludes definition, goes beyond meaning, easy description, explanation, or classification. White Trash is a place of mind, a place where everyone is invited to express their stifled longing for authentic music, true stories and an America that seems long gone. The Trailer Park Casanovas provide the soundtrack for this journey through the mind. Whether they are singing about cars, pills, booze, or tattoos, the Trailer Park Casanovas epitomize American ideals, lost love, cheap sex, and beer. Their lyrics are a train wreck of tastelessness, honesty and irony, the ability to take a long hard lookin the mirror and know that what you've got is pretty bad, but it's all you've got, and that's not bad.
Maybe you picked up this CD thinking you were into the White Trash sound. Maybe you thought that this was another joke "country meets rockabilly" band. You were wrong. This is not Lolita at the Dairy Queen, this is not Hee Haw for the Silverlake set. This is Nashville by way of Santa Ana, this is Graceland meets Pico Rivera, this is Los Angeles punk rock married to Elvis Presley and jacked up on more crystal meth and Crow than anyone can imagine. This is the Trailer Park Casanovas. And it's So Charmin'.
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2002
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