The Culture Trip

Raw. Striking. Brutal. How many bands can produce something incredibly fresh, but retain what makes the genre authentic? With an emphasis on bass complementing searing guitar beats, Ghost Town Hangmen may not proclaim themselves officially rockabilly, but there are enough elements in their punk- and jazz-influenced sound to warrant some affiliation. Their sound is definitely recommended for those looking for something harder on the rock temperature. 


Not every punkabilly band sounds like those gender-bending lunatics, The Cramps. Santa Cruz's Ghost Town Hangmen for instance, may be scoring opening spots for the wild and raunchy Reverend Horton Heat and The Chop Tops, but their influences range a bit wider. Clearly they've been listening to the Beatles. Plus their swinging rockabilly beats pay more obvious homage to the classic '50s era grooves. Even when the heavy distortion kicks in, the energy is much mellower than, say, Mojo Nixon.