Longtime readers of Shattered Ravings will recall I’ve reviewed a couple of albums on here, in addition to the scads of movies and books I’ve done. After all, music is an artistic format too, just like filmmaking or writing…so why not? My musical preferences span a wide range of tastes that include hard rock, metal, alternative, country, jazz, blues, and even classical (I am a HUGE fan of Mussorgsky). But I am truly in awe when I run across those bands that can combine a variety of styles and create a unique, hybrid sound. Such is the case with The Bloody Jug Band, a very talented “swamp-noir” group from Orlando, Florida. I had never heard of these guys prior to getting a press release about their new album, “Rope Burn”, but I gotta tell you: I’m a huge fan now!
If you are not familiar with The Bloody Jug Band, here is a description of the band courtesy of their official website:
“Drawing inspiration from historic JUG bands of the 1920’s and 30’s as well as the darker side of Blues and Rock n’ Roll, The Bloody Jug Band carves out its own niche in a genre of music that has never seen such a bloody incarnation…”
Aside from having an awesome name, The Bloody Jug Band has a strong persona that conveys a deeply-rooted sense of Southern style and flair. This is a major draw for me, as I’m a Southerner myself and take pride in my heritage. TBJB comes across as larger than life, and that’s a good thing; the music they make is just as massive.
And speaking of the music, “Rope Burn” delivers on every level. One of the greatest aspects of this CD is the diversity of music it contains. There’s a little bit of everything on here, from Southern rock to folksy, almost Blues-like tunes. I love the wide range of vocals, and I also love how every song is as different as the one before it.
My favorite tune (in both title and actual music) is “Forest of Bloodthirsty Unicorns”. Putting aside the fact this title elicits some amazing imagery in my head, the song itself is a dark and gritty tale of a fairy tale gone bad. The melody is haunting and the vocals accent it perfectly.
Another excellent song is “Beautiful Corpse”. This dark tune has a smooth, even tempo that I could picture myself two-stepping to, but it’s also a testament to obsession in a variety of forms.
“Rope Burn” is a huge win for me, and I recommend The Bloody Jug Band to anyone who likes Country or Southern Rock. This album has prompted me to seek out the band’s previous works; I can almost guarantee I’ll like them as much as I do this one. “Rope Burn” is available now in a variety of formats.
You can check out the band and their work in several locations: