Rockabilly and Psychobilly Revival
Rockabilly and Psychobilly Revival – Where to See it Live
Long before Auto-Tune, ear-drum bursting EDM beats, K-Pop invasions and Skrillex, there was rockabilly, father to classic rock 'n' roll and progenitor to much of modern music.
Attribute it to hipster-nostalgia or a reaffirmation that all music trends are cyclical, but a trove of new rockabilly and psychobilly are bringing the two genres back in vogue. We'll take a look at some of the bands responsible for the second rockabilly revival and where you can catch them live this year.
Trying to pin down Bruno Mars' sound is like wrestling a pig covered in vaseline: next to impossible. Yet, for all the Jazz, doo-wop, classic rock and pop influences, Bruno Mars remains, at heart, a rockabilly and swing musician. While his commercial work is certainly more pop, his earlier records betray an Elvis-inspired rockabilly sensibility and stage persona, which, arguably, has helped place him at the top of the charts all over the globe. While he won't make an appearance this year, Mars can often be seen at the Bestival.
The Polecats have been around. They started out in the late 70s in North London and were the pioneers of the rockabilly revival in UK with hits like 'Rockabilly Guy'. Their sound - thumping bass, whiskey-smooth vocals, and a stage presence to make Chuck Berry proud - is deliciously old school. But after nearly a decade out of the limelight, the Polecats are making a comeback. Their 1983 song, "Make a Circuit With Me" was a part of the Wall E OST and can be heard in many popular US TV shows, including Glory Daze. They've been hitting the concert circuits as well and can be at the Maritime Rock-A-Billy Shakedown festival in Amherst, New York, USA.
Graveyard Johnnys is the kind of old school psychobilly band you'd find topping the charts in the 90's - unapologetically camp, harder than a Norwegian metal band, and always entertaining. Their 2012 album, "Songs From Better Days" was their moment in the sun, and they've been hitting the psychobilly festivals such as the Bedlam Breakout in Northampton. And while you're checking that out, get yourself Bestival tickets before they sell out as well!
Nekromantix is the best argument for the marriage of musical genres. A Danish-American band based out of Copenhagen, Nekromantix is what happens when a bunch of death metal guys team up with southern rockabilly and swing musicians. The eventual sound is part metal, part swing, part rockabilly, and 100% fun. Catch them live at the Bedlam Breakout festival on Sep 15 this year.
Deke Dickerson and Ecco-Fonics:
Deke Dickerson evokes the American south of the 50s with its swing sensibilities and Motown inspired tunes. Dickerson's powerful vocals have just the right amount of 50's twang, while the Ecco-Fonics do a great job of evoking the era's musical aesthetics. After a long hiatus, the band started hitting the festival circuit again and will stage an appearance at the Rockabilly Rave.