Every Fuckin’ Song We Know CD
Teenbeat Records, 1996
In every independent music scene across the country, there seems to be at least one band that plays some variation of old school rockabilly. Whether they have the standup bass, 1950s greaser style, or some reverbed hollowbody guitar action, there’s always a token group that looks to the primitive R&B past for inspiration. Groups like the Kingpins, The Crows, The Rev. Horton Heat, and countless others fill this niche, but only a few really stand apart from the pack and add something to the mix that keeps them from being a tired retread of the past. Iowa City’s Los Marauders took the rockabilly template and fucked it up enough to create an entirely different beast. Just as The Cramps mutated rockabilly into psychobilly with the rawness of punk, Los Marauders kicked up the tempo and aggression and pushed it into the hardcore realm. Singer Nobody’s throaty vocals (achieved by chain-smoking cigars) aren’t too far removed from the hoarse barks of Negative Approach, and Johnny Aztec’s ultra-revved up guitar kept their sound miles above the mundane. They could kick out some fairly conventional rockabilly too, but they always had an edge that kept them at the top of the rockabilly heap.