THE OLD SCRATCH REVIVAL SINGERS
OH DIDNíT HE RAMBLE
The Old Scratch Revival Singers draw a lot of comparisons to Tom Waits, and for good reason, as this septet employs the same bleak outlook on life as well as a similar haunting vibe. But, thereís more to OH DIDNíT HE RAMBLE than an obsession with death, although itís pretty dominant here. On this Iowa outfitís debut endeavor, a creepy countrified aura permeates through the entire 13-track collection, blending ragtime, gospel, bluegrass, folk, and general oddity to create a sound unlike anything else any other band is doing out there today. Personifying the famous American Gothic painting via musical expression, the vast array of instrumentation ranges from violas and accordions to banjo and winds, creating a throwback feel where thereís sawdust on the floor and the United States had less than forty states on the flag. Digging deep into American musical history, these treasured genres have been lovingly yet eerily juxtaposed for a stark listening experience that anyone into melancholic melody will totally be enamored by.