Philly punks Nothing are back from the brink with a new record that draws on some really, really bad times.
Country music's most famous grandson packs quite a punch...
His between-song banter is refreshing, and is matched by his witty lyrics. Among other things, we learn early on that he "got a tattoo at a tender age". The crowd gets jumping during 'Country Music The Way It Used To Be' - he might sound like his famous grandfather, but the cascading power chords actually bring to mind the proto-punk blueprint laid down by The Who and the MC5.
At this point, the country part of the show ends, as Hank exchanges his beat-up acoustic guitar for a beat-up electric. And while his punk persona isn't quite as convincing (and drags on about five songs too long) as his country side, it still packs quite a punch. It's way past midnight; 'I'm Drunk' is greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm and why not? Pretty much everyone else here is either also drunk or at least bemused by the naked man wearing only a barrel.
Perhaps the finest moment of the night comes with the autobiographical 'Tennessee Driver'. It's about a young man with a Mohawk whose car breaks down in a rural area, and who is impolitely turned away when he tries to use the phone at a redneck bar. As the song winds down with its "Fuck you, motherf---er" coda, the verdict is in. Hank III is alt-country even Shellac's Steve Albini could tip his 10-gallon hat to.
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