Release date: 01/25/2005
Genre: Gothic, Americana, Post Punk
Dead Cowboys offer a distinctly British slant on twisted Americana and bottom-of-the-glass heartache. The band describe Twin Evil Stars as a 'cowgoth' hybrid of post-punk folk, fused to classic torch ballad pop. A sort of UnAmericana for people who dig Hank Williams and Joy Division, but think Ryan Adams sounds like bad pub rock.
Singer and songwriter Dave Jackson rips through a stash of raw-edged, country-peppered prairie gems as menacing as they are dynamic. The album was recorded in the band's hometown of Liverpool in 2004, and follows their well-received debut Comings and Goings, released in 2000 on the Viper label.
On this latest collection core members Dave Jackson, Becky Stringer (bass) and Greg Milton (guitar) are joined by keys player Peter Baker.
1. Twin Evil Stars
2. Black Easter
3. Violet City
4. The Silent Type
6. Changing Trains
7. Biting the Ground
9. A Good Car
10. New Neighbour
12. No Mystery/Breathe Pure White Light
13. Cowboy Mouth
14. Kill the Dream
15. Ladder to the Sun
16. Good Boys Stay Poor Boys (Bad Boys Go To Jail)
18. Drowning Weed
19. Changing Trains (Mindwinder Mix)
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"Pits the band into the same craggy country territory as The Mekons, particularly on Biting the Ground and the runaway train that is Good Boys Stay Poor Boys" (Uncut, 05/2005)
"Still kicks up some smoke, tackling the kind of mythic, dark-tinged country and western styles suggested by artists such as The Walkabouts, Stan Ridgway and Simon Bonney. Thematically the album covers everything from film noir settings to intense, focused psychodramas, and Jackson's voice has lost none of its warm, passionate power" (All Music Guide, 04/2005)
"A dignified return from a band who are still enjoying making music" (Leonard's Lair, 02/2005)
"Far less emphasis on the countrified clash and clatter of their debut, and when it kicks in it does so beautifully" (Whisperin' & Hollerin', 03/2005)
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