Released: 2014, Steamhammer/SPV Records
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson
Motorhead's redneck cousins of sorts from the South, Atlanta's Nashville Pussy have been doling out lewd and crude rawk and roll for almost 20 years to a dedicated, though modest, audience that appreciates a rough and tumble good time and could care less for virtuosity, decorum or law enforcement. Led by the beauty and beast team of baudacious guitarist Ruyter Suys and her troglodyte-like husband - and oh so awesome frontman - Blaine Cartwright, they revel in the down and dirty and drinking, drugging, fighting and fucking have served them well as inspiration since their outlandish 1998 debut Let Them Eat Pussy.
Their sixth studio, and first in five years, offers up another heaping helping of more of the same – which isn't such a bad thing at all. “Before The Drugs Wear Off“ essentially captures the spirit of it all in one fell, filthy swoop: “You're meaner than shit, hotter than hell, 10 months pregnant, but you can't even tell. You got it all, all. You got it all, all. So let's get it on, before the drugs wear off.” Nice!
“Hooray For Cocaine, Hooray For Tennessee,” “Pillbilly Blues,” “Pussy's Not A Dirty Word” and “The South's Too Fat To Rise Again” wallow in the same trailer trash mire where too much is never enough. “Gimme more 'til my head explodes,” Cartwright groans in the title track like a drunk doing battle with a hangover by ordering more shots.
The band's greasy AC/DC meets ZZ Top metallic rabble remains largely the unchanged here, but it serves the low-brow lyrics and low-down mood perfectly. And if it ain't broke, why break it? Some brasher production this time around, though, gives it all a welcome added sock.
Yet Nashville Pussy are far from one-note hooligans. “Hooray For Cocaine” takes a cool bluegrassy turn, and the aforementioned “Drugs” is buoyed by a bluesy swagger that lends more weight to its bravado. And like AC/DC, they manage to eke a lot of mileage out of three chords, doing enough with them to keep things consistently interesting and undeniably entertaining.