Hilarious. There's no sane reason to take Minnesota punkers Filthy Cheaters seriously. Especially when the self-deprecating vocalist Johnny T sings 'I'm a meathead' in the chorus of the song of the same name. Or he announces, in 49/51, he's 49 percent motherf*cker and 51 percent son-of-a-bitch. It would have been even funnier if he would have said 51 percent a**hole (which might be more accurate). I'm always up for a few good laughs. Punk music is often good for that. Cover a Ramones song, for a bonus or tribute, as the Filthy Cheaters do with Cretin Hop, and a smile is guaranteed.
Kidding aside, on Wake the Dead, Filthy Cheaters get the basics right for punk/garage rock: minimal production for a raw inglorious sound, average if not questionable musicianship, and a slim sense of melody and some clever hooks. Johnny T has the punk snarl down, both guttaral and raspy. Add the down and dirty, a step out of the sewer into the gutter, lyrics and swagger, and you have some filthy punk. Songs like Total Death and Evil Machine, Meathead and 49/51, or Peckerwood and Liquor, Pussy, & Rock n' Roll emulate the character of our protagonists and their music. Better: Women I Don't Know works because no women would want to know these guys. Add the retro seventies monster hot rod artwork as a bonus, and you have a sleazy, hilarious, and entertaining calamity.
Filthy Cheaters' Wake the Dead is unapologetically raw and filthy, humorous and hilarious garage punk rock. Snap this up for a few good laughs.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]