Hank and the Skinny 3 Electrified & Blue
(2014, Fuel Records)
Hold on tight, because the new record by Hank and the Skinny 3 barrels down on you like a Mack Truck on an icy Catskill Mountains back road. But wait, this truck has studs, and the grit of sand and salt crunch is a grounding and welcome mix in an otherwise treacherous downhill trajectory. Still, you are far from safe and warm. There are no heated seats in this beast, the defrost is on the fritz, and the driver is missing a tooth on a face like a wrinkled roadmap post three-day methamphetamine binge and moonshine drunk. If you can find the elusive shoulder beneath the mud-splattered ice, you would be well advised to pull over with your hazards on and iPhone at the ready.
Pounding drums? Check. Driving bass? Check. Multiple distorted guitars? One, two, check. Rock 'n' roll lyrics? Yeah, baby, baby, oh yeah. Electrified & Blue's surf-rocker wallet chains are followed by hem-rolled rockabilly dungarees stomping on cowpunk Docs amidst flailing, dirgy, swamp-sweat wife beaters. Hank and the Skinny 3 hail from Croton-On-Hudson but spawned their latest effort at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, whose client roster lists appropriate counterparts like the Jayhawks, the Replacements, the Stray Cats, and Soul Asylum. Their particular brand of Valentine diesel and matchstick love will be appearing soon at a dive bar near you. That is, if you can get out of your driveway without breaking your ass. Hankandtheskinny3.com.