MP3 of the Day: Hamamatsu Tom and the Bareback Hell Stallions

MP3 of the Day: Hamamatsu Tom and the Bareback Hell Stallions

Tom Triplett of the Homopolice and NO TALK struck out on his own early this summer with a different, but not altogether new, sound in Hamamatsu Tom and the Bareback Hell Stallions. They sound like they would be more at home at the Big Easy off Kirby than some hipster dive in Montrose, and to us that's a good thing. Hamamatsu Tom is a guttural blues project, standing in stark and bitter contrast to Triplett's past noise-injected and hilariously morally-deprived Homopolice. In the latter, Triplett just created part of the clamor. This time around it's him right up front pounding out a bluesy skronk that sits in direct defiance to any of the current indie-darlings you could fill in the blank. Don't believe us?

Try "Alienation Boogie" on for size.

Rocks Off acquired "Alienation Boogie" last week and it's been conspicuously popping up on our media player at least four times a day. It's the Cramps, Tom Waits and Gun Club all rolled into one oozing package. The track clocks in at nearly six straight minutes and stays in the same lyrical ballpark as most of the music in Triplett's oeuvre, opening with the line "I never made it with a woman; I've only made it with men. I'd like to make it with a woman just to see if I can."

We love when folks turn any convention on its pretty little head, and homoerotic blues-rock has always been on our list. Imagine a world where Muddy Waters ended his nights spooning with Howlin' Wolf instead of raising Cain at a juke joint down the way. Only in Houston, kids.


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