Anything on the Voodoo Rhythm label out of Switzerland is worth hearing, lemme tell ya. And Mama Rosin are no exception! A gumbo of old cajun and zydeco sounds, minced and spiced up with the sound and the power of the new millennium – it’s like the old deep south Louisiana black roots music meeting up with the Velvet Underground, Daniel Johnston and Jonathan Richman. Songs on their new album include the Clash inspired “You Stole My Motorcycle” and a cover version of the Movie Star Junkies “Dead Love Rag”, for example. Live on stage they pack a punch, making it impossible for anyone in the audience to look the other way.
Honkeyfinger is all about a making one hell of a pounding, primal, amped-up and skronked out blues racket. A one man band from the bowels of the earth, erupting molten fuzz lap-steel, screaming harmonica riffs and desperate bestial howling in a scorching hot cocktail of heavy raw blues power, he hotwires the electric freak rock of vintage Beefheart, Blue Cheer, ZZ Top, and Black Sabbath into a jumping, lurching monster. Boiling up the ghosts of Bukka White, Leadbelly and John Lee Hooker with the bones of the country blues, laced with the acid fried heaviosity of the Buttholes Surfers, this is the thick stinking soup that Mr Honkeyfinger serves hot.
This London based trio is Nick Riggio (guitars) and Becky Masiker (vocals and Moog), both of whom hail from Ohio, and drummer Max "Invisible Man" Secci, from Sardinia. They describe themselves as “outsider rock”. The sound, however, is firmly in the shadow of the blues, mixing classic foundations with something a little more revolutionary. The star of the show is undoubtedly the hollerin’ front woman who's about as restrained and tradition bound in her approach to aural expression as Karen O. A powerful mix of punk and blues, this is adrenalin fuelled music which is loud, proud and in your face.
THE BOSTON MUSIC ROOM, by TUFNELL PARK tube station.
Opens at 8.30pm.