Jason Vivone and the Billy Brats

Jason Vivone and the Billy Brats
Eddie Ate Dynamite

Self Release

By Georgetown Fats
September 2014

A contemporary blues band with a love for the sounds of the roaring 20’s, there is a lot to like here on Eddie Ate Dynamite by Jason Vivone and the Billy Brats. It is not just the uniqueness of the blues sound that they look to capture, but Jason Vivone and the Billy Brats evoke the Squirrel Nut Zippers by mixing uncanny originality into a dated sound.

Opening with “Cut Those Apron Strings” guitarist Paula Crawford, playing the roll of the naive virgin, sings off of Vivone’s guitar of guitar and vocals. The stop-time work helps emphasize the well used punch line. While the randy humor is nothing short of the originality of a dirty limerick, that fact Vivone takes his material and back so far away from the standard contemporary blues rock is commendable.

“Placebo”, featuring Bryan Redmond on sax and Chad Boydston on trumpet of The Grand Marquis, slows down the metronome for a solid dirty funk tune. Again Vivone’s songwriting is on display here as the comparison to lost love to a sugar pill is creative and more than makes up or some shaky vocals in the beginning of the tune. By the time the middle of “Placebo” comes around I can’t figure out of Vivone has hit his wheel house or another vocalist is on display as the quality of the vocal track improves tremendously.

A note to the man and to his band, on your next release please add better liner notes; please!

And any audiophile will be hard pressed not to sing along to “Analog”. Vivone and company fire off a slow blues, churning over the love and loss of analog. While his humor is once again on display with his background vocal commentary over the solo sections it is hard not to nod a head appreciation to Vivone professing his love for everything non-digital.

For those looking for a new take on that roaring 20’s style blues, look no further than Jason Vivone and the Billy Brats. More inspiration rather than duplication it is hard not to enjoy just what adding some humor and creativity can do for a project.

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