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Pop Culture Press: Cobra Blood Hangover Review 12/18/2006
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THE INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOYS
Cobra Blood Hangover
Australian Cattle God Records
High energy and powerful anthemic rock mark the International Playboys latest effort, Cobra Blood Hangover. Another progeny of Austin-based Australian Cattle God Records, the Playboys peddle in no nonsense rock n’ roll marked by guitar wizardry ranging from blues squawk to metal complemented by punk rock vocal style. The high-octane delivery by Monty Carlo differentiates the band from generic rock fare on FM radio, along with streaming riffs and powerful basslines, making Cobra Blood Hangover best not heard during alcohol hangover mornings. Tracks like “Mysterioso Furioso” and “The Ballad of the International Playboys” capture the band’s riot-inducing vigor. The seven-plus minutes’ “Say She Don’t Mind,” with its shifts in ebb and flow, is arguably the best track on the record, while the band goes soft on the folky “The Give A Shitter Is Broken.” The International Playboys have attained cult like status in their home state of Montana, largely due to their incessant touring as well as a starring role in their short film, Ghouls Gone Wild! Recently, the band endeared fans further by winning Pabst Blue Ribbon’s “Montana Band of the Year” accolade. --Adi Anand

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