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The Defibulators (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Indie Roots Rock
Guitarist/vocalist Bug Jennings had to move from Texas to New York City to discover the essence of real Country music and when he did, he blazed ahead with very little dicking around. Along with Telecaster master Chris “Roadblock” Hartway and vocalist/heartbreaker Erin Bru, Jennings and the Defibs’ initial setlist mashed up Rockabilly shingle-looseners with twanged up covers of Misfits and Black Flag. In 2009, the Defibs, now featuring drummer Mike Riddleberger, bassist David Dawda, Smitty the Giant Fiddler and washboard virtuoso Metalbelly, took time from their relentless gigging to document their swaggering, staggering classic-Country-infected-with-the-Punk-virus hoedown in the studio, emerging with 2009’s Corn Money. Four years later, the Defibs have finally dropped their wail-and-weep sophomore album, the just-released Debt’ll Get’em, and it’s everything fans could have hoped for and plenty they wouldn’t have dared to imagine. The Defibulators have had their songbook published by Mel Bay, they’ve put out their own coloring book, licensed their songs for film and television and they’re the occasional house band for Upright Citizens Brigade’s improv comedy happenings. And they’ll reknit your DNA into a Country double helix in no time flat. Bet your ass.
YDIIYD: X performs a full metal tribute to Johnny Cash at the Grand Ole Opry. (BB)