The definition of Rock N Roll is a combination of country music and rhythm and blues with the emphasis on heavy beat and simple melody. I think there’s no better example than Blood Eagle, the debut 7″ from Nashville’s American Goon on Fat Elvis Records.
American Goon is a new side-project from Zack Murphy, who normally plays drums in the blues-punk outfit Blackfoot Gypsies. On this project, Murphy is not limiting himself to just percussion as he plays drums, guitar, bass as well as vocals. He utilizes the raw garage sound of The MC5 along with the simple blues flavored swagger of early 1970s Rolling Stones to deliver two songs that are consistent with the general themes of rock n roll while still being fresh and interesting.
The title track “Blood Eagle” is a furious collision of southern rock, blues, glam and punk with over-fuzzed guitars, distorted vocals and a beat that sounds as if it’s sole purpose of existence is to be the soundtrack to a grizzly bear vs stripper jello wrestling tournament. Side B’s “Roundablackout” is just as intense with it’s use of distortion and attitude, but focuses more on the groove than fist-clenching riot music. Both tracks will please fans of The White Stripes, Brother O’ Brother and of course The Blackfoot Gypsies, but the only downside is the fact it’s only two songs and not a full album! To me it doesn’t get any better than good ol’ riff heavy American rock n roll and American Goon captures the essence of that like not many others have.
Blood Eagle is available exclusively at Fat Elvis Records, a label that has proven itself time and time again as the definitive hotspot for dirty rhythm and blues with such acts as Fantastic Negrito and Reverends (two of my favorite releases of 2016 so far) and is available in extremely limited quantities. 200 in white, and 100 each of red and blue. You can and should catch Murphy’s main band all over the country (and world for that matter) but with Blood Eagle, I really hope he makes the time to put together music like this for a possible full length. Get this 7″ right now, you will not be disappointed!
To purchase Blood Eagle visit Fat Elvis Records
For more information on American Goon, visit the Official Website