The Thirsty Crows - Hangman's Noose Album Review
Los Angeles, California psychobilly act The Thirsty Crows was formed in 2011 by former members of Gabriels Fallen, Steve Huante and Chris Saunders. Their last studio effort was back in 2013 with their epic self titled debut. They put out a video for their single “Devil’s Highway” after recruiting former guitarist of the punk band The Saints and Sinners, Victor Cisneros making them a quartet. After signing to rockabilly label Batcave records in 2017, the band entered the studio to record their long awaited full length debut Hangman’s Noose. So is the new LP worth the nearly 6 year wait?
Hangman’s Noose starts off with the sound of cowboy spurs spinning on the ground. The guitar kicks in and the song quickly kicks in, but you know instantly just by the lines of the chorus “I don’t know what I’m doing but the Devil’s got my side…” as the fast paced, yet melodic rockabilly backs up that very statement. The vocals are perfect for the style that The Thirsty Crows are trying to accomplish.
As the album goes through outlaw themed stories with songs like “Vengeful Son”, there are also melodic upbeat tracks like “Anchors Up”. A future single, this particular track is nearly impossible to not have fun listening to. The single “Devil’s Highway”, for which this band is best known for and it’s a good introduction to their signature sound, but the rest of the album sounds so much more evolved. “Midnight Rumble” has a nice fast paced metal style riff mixed with the rockabilly style drumming. it’s a very interesting, but it works well in the band’s mission of adding heavier elements into their music. The song “Not Forgotten” is a good track to tribute a lost loved one.
The album closes out with one of a few love songs “Anything Anything”. A fun tune with nice breakdown and a nice little story of desperate infatuation which we all have fell victim to sometime in our lives.
Most of the songs are pretty short with only a couple out of the 14 tracks breaking the 3 minute mark so the album doesn’t get redundant. In fact, as fast paced as The Thirsty Crows are, you leave each track, and the whole album for that matter, feeling like you got a nice full modern psychobilly helping for your money.
The one word I would use to describe Hangman’s Noose is “fun”. It was a lot of fun to listen to and you can feel that vibe projected in their music. The whole point is to let go and have some heavy psychobilly fun.
The lyrical images of troublesome outlaw fun and the trials and tribulations of such a lifestyle is identifiable to many. Especially those that have made it past those times and can look back with a smile and this album can bring the inner adolescent out of you that you thought was long gone until you are suddenly doing 90 mph down the highway after getting swept up with the thought of a putting on a poncho, grabbing a fat nasty cigar, and enter an old run down saloon to start a bar fight in while The Thirsty Crows plays some fitting background music.
Anyone that is into the psychobilly aspect of punk rock with such acts as Rev. Horton Heat, Brian Seltzer & The Stray Cats, or even Batcave artists Voodoo Zombie will see Hangman’s Noose as a must have. I know they will be in my rotation going into a new year.