RIDICULOUS RELEASES: USA/MEXICO 'MATAMOROS'
Back in 2009, I attended a Grails gig at Corsica Studios. The support band were LOUD, RAW, TERRIFYING and their singer was an absolute nutter. I can’t recall exactly what happened, but I remember somehow having to wrestle him to the floor because I was so scared he was going to kill me. I also ended up swinging his trousers around my head as he chased me around the room, those were the days. That band was called Todd and just after that, they released their 'Big Ripper' album on Riot Season , which I consider to be one of the great albums of all time. Then they broke up. Classic.
Anyway, the mastermind behind Todd, guitarist Craig Clouse (also in Shit and Shine) is based in Austin, Texas these days and plays in USA/Mexico where he’s joined by King Coffey of the Butthole Surfers and Nate Cross of When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth. Fucking hell.
Their second album ‘Matamoros’ is up for pre-order on the Riot Season Bandcamp (click here) and it’s an absolute beast. It has all the rawness of Todd’s 'Big Ripper' but is more psychedelic and experimental. Like a Todd record was dropped and smashed on the floor and then brought back to life with some second-hand gadgets.
Sometimes I lay awake at night in a cold sweat about where we’d be with Riot Season, what a ridiculous label. Order the living shit out of it and fight the good fight.
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