New Noise From Skunkmello: “Tequila and Cheesy Poofs” / “Highball Skyscraper Blues”
Distilled from primal street-slop into a potent brew of high-octane rock and roll, Skunkmello’s core unit of Matt Bartlett on the rippers, Ed Cuervo on the boomers, and Jono Ori on the bangers, (sonically supported by a platoon of convicts, marauders and ruffians too numerous and debaucherous to commit to paper) has been in the business of breaking things for some time now. And here, for your ears only, from the band that brought you Whiskey & Oatmeal, is another refined palliative pairing destined for high-society: “Tequila and Cheesy Poofs”, along with the super rad b-cool side, “Highball Skyscraper Blues”, both off the recently finished full-length offering, Discount Liquors, set to inebriate audiences later this year.
The new record is a burning blend of bootlegged spirits shaken up to create a high-test cocktail of garage-folk, fuzz-country, sewer-blues and red-eyed rock and roll, all duct-taped together with lean determination and white-knuckled grit to defy the high costs of low living. It follows the band’s four critically acclaimed previous studio efforts, the 2016 milestone, Hot Chicken (available on vinyl from Moped Music), 2014’s Stars & Stripes, 2013’s Lowlife Dreams EP (mastered by Grammy Award-winner Brian Lucy, known for his work on The Black Keys’ Brothers and El Camino), and 2012’s raucous debut, The Whiskey & Oatmeal EP.
A sensory fusion for the cranial palate, “Tequila and Cheesy Poofs” represents a sophisticated blend of sonic compliments for a real-good-time-combo that comes together better than cocaine and cigarettes (almost). It’s a fuzzy love letter to the cause of the renegade and the reckless, and a death-chant against the goons of respectability and decorum. And the b-cool side of “Highball Skyscraper Blues” is a multivariable testament to the claustrophobic vistas routinely confronting us as we hazard the avenues.
Skunkmello will be touring to support the new tunes and others to come off the new record throughout the next several months. Look for them out on the road burning across the interstates of asphalt Americana, peddling their tonic of rowdy rockers in surf stereo, blazed in big city lights.
General Info: Skunkmello has established itself as a top-tier fixture of the NYC rock-and-roll scene and champions a hard-earned reputation as a wild and unruly national touring act. They are routine outlaws at festivals such as SXSW, CMJ, Musikfest and the Outlaw Roadshow and have opened for the likes of ZZ Top, the Counting Crows, Phillip Sayce, and Houndmouth.