Brandy and the Butcher – Dick Circus (2020, River Monster Records)

Brandy and the Butcher's first full length rock -n- roll album pressed at Kindercore Vinyl in Athens, GA.

by Mike Phillips

Brandy and the Butcher’s new album, Dick Circus, opens with a true rock and roll riff, that is part MC5, and part Foghat, along with some appropriately tasty cowbell to match! The song, Ballerina, is an excellent opening number to set the tone for what’s to follow.

If you haven’t heard Brandy and the Butcher yet, this will also be a nice introduction to Liz Hale’s uniquely awesome, and fresh sounding voice. She truly sounds like no one else that I currently know of in music, though I’m sure you’ll be able to pick out a couple of her influences from time to time.

Pool Party is a driving, punk rock song that reminds me a bit of The Crusher by Dee Dee King, with a nice, catchy “Whoa-oh!” chorus and a killer guitar lead. The title track, Dick Circus, has a bit of a New Bomb Turks punk rock and roll swagger, while the Stonesy, Making a Scene, slows things down just slightly and shows a bit of range for this “punk n’ roll” band that definitely knows more than one trick. Rounding out side one is a killer cover of The Saints song, Misunderstood, with its rollicking, bass line, you know I’m a sucker for this one!

The riffs just keep coming with side two’s Monkey the Cat, a based-on-a-true-story tale of a cat that met an untimely demise, or more specifically about the bitch that hit him. Watch Me Go, Broken Bones, and Technicolor Mary continue to showcase the band’s garagey, rock n’ roll influenced punk sound, as much inspired by the Rolling Stones as by The Stooges and Ramones; every song recorded as professionally as you’d expect considering the résumé of their guitarist (Jay Metheson, of The Jam Room Studio).

The previously released, Earth Quake, rounds out the album with its Stooges meets Iron Butterfly groove guaranteed to make you shake your hips. Highly recommended listening for fans of everyone from Chuck Berry to the Sex Pistols!

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