THE JUKE JOINT PIMPS Boogie Pimps

Voodoo Rhythm Records

THE JUKE JOINT PIMPS Boogie Pimps

Raw power German blues punk, anyone? Here it is. This recording sounds as if it was recorded on a 1980s cassette recorder with the band trapped inside an IKEA wardrobe. But bear with me, because I have to quote a couple of things from Voodoo Records, based in Bern, Switzerland.

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First, the slogan on the label: ‘Records to ruin any party’. There’s honesty for you. Second, the 12-panel liner tells us ‘This recording has been done the way recordings are meant to be done: played live by real human beings, straight onto 2 inch tape, with very few overdubs and without all the digital bullshit that makes a lot of today’s music sound like sterilized, bleached diarrhoea’.

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Well, after reading all this you might think I don’t like it, but once you take the band and the studio’s philosophy on board, what it says on the tin is what you get. This is fat, thickly-layered heads-down sweaty blues played by a duo of Mighty Mike on vocals, drums and harp, with T-Man on guitar. The tracks have a relentless beat driven by Mighty Mike, whose growling Howlin’ Wolf via Hound Dog Taylor style vocals on original compositions such as Slim Stepped in Some Shit and A Thing You Gotta Face, although buried in the mix, still possess an earthy power.

Any bets they’re a riot live. I liked this album, but as with all explosives, you have to handle it with care.

ROY BAINTON