The Cowboys: S/T 12"

Lumpy Records


This has been in the works for 14 months, it's finally out! A killer full length disc from an underrated band from Bloomington, IN, with a sound so classic that one weathered kbd collector/90s punk veteran (Ann Rerun of the Last sons of Krypton) actually thought it was recorded in '79!! Screen printed covers by Brian and Brandon in Springfield, IL.

Our take: LP from this band out of Bloomington, Indiana, compiling three self-released cassettes from what I understand. If you're thinking from the artwork that this is loose and sloppy slime punk you would be completely wrong... this is brilliant, multi-dimensional, song-oriented punk-ish rock music, and I have to say it's absolutely brilliant. There's a definite pre-punk sensibility here... Martin from Lumpy Records compared them to the Gizmos, but I also hear plenty of other pre-/proto-punk correlations like the Bizarros, the Dead Boys, and even a bit of tough, retro 60s garage a la Billy Childish (something is very Milkshakes-esque about several of the tracks here). The songs are all really different from one another, ranging from an early Dead Kennedys-esque, proto-hardcore kind of shuffle to tough melodic punk to more 60s, and even 50s-inspired sounds that bear a passing resemblance to Buddy Holly. It sounds like it would be all over the place, but it's not... it's all tied together with solid playing and a nice DIY aesthetic. After 2 or 3 listens I feel like I'm only scratching the surface of this one... it's already spent a lot of time on the shop turntable and it's gradually taking over my home setup as well. Highly recommended.
Tags: '77&KBD 10s melodic midwest recommended weird