Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders “The Outskirts Of Your Heart”

Former LAZY COWGIRLS front man PAT TODD is one of German record label Hound Gawd! Records’ favourite artists since it’s already the 4th release you can find on this fine rock’n’roll label. This double LP is a reissue of the PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS debut album “The Outskirts Of Your Heart” (for the first time on vinyl.)
Songs on the first LP of “The Outskirts Of Your Heart” are pure rock’n’roll full of CHUCK BERRY/JOHNNY THUNDERS guitars, and songs like “No Place Like Home” or “All Night Rain/Restless Times” could have been on the first BLACK CROWES album. You’ll also find some tasty punk rock (“Just Another Stupid Guy”, “November 11th”,”Is My Last Chance Gone”, “Bad Memories, Poison & Regret”, “Why Don’t You Marry Me”…), and The ROLLING STONES influence can especially be heard in slower songs like “Your Heart, Your Soul & Your Ass”, or “Where Is She Now.”
The second LP concentrates more on PAT‘s acoustic rock/country roots with songs like “Thought I Saw My Future In A Little Gray Dress”, “Kendall County Blues”, “Give Me Back My Heart”, or the beautiful “It Was A Stupid Dream Anyway.” The shadow of KEITH RICHARDS and friends also wanders around here (“One Long Breakdown”, “I Wonder Why”, or “Go On – It Don’t Mean Nothin’ Anymore”), and a lot of these songs could be the perfect sountrack for a drive in the South of the US.
Listening to these two records make you think that PAT TODD‘s influence on a band like The SUPERSUCKERS has been more then obvious. Check it out by yourself! /Laurent C.

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Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders “Blood & Treasure”

Real rock’n’roll has never been clean and polished, and Los Angeles’ underground rock’n’roll band the LAZY COWGIRLS knew that well. Their vocalist Pat Todd is back with this great looking vinyl record (even the download card looks killer!) on Hound Gawd! Records, 12 songs of pure, dirty rock’n’roll produced by former SPARKS guitarist Earle Mankey.
“Blood & Pressure” is full of American rock’n’roll references, from the 50s and 60s (“This Counterfeit World”, “Tell Me Now”, “Sugar Coated Love”) to blues (“Ole Fortune And Fame”, “Just Another Broken Day”) and country (“West Of Your Last Chance.”) You’ll even get some glammy touches in “Gone Are The Days” and “My Own Way”, a song that could have been on a NEW YORK DOLLS record, and a bit of punk rock in “Don’t Be Sellin’ Emptiness To Me.”
Some records are meant to be released on vinyl, and this is definitely one of them, one of the best rock’n’roll LP of the year so far!
This mix of rock’n’roll from different eras with a vintage spirit reminds me of the amazing NICK CURRAN who left this world way too early, and well, if things worked really well for The JIM JONES REVUE, why couldn’t it happen to PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS? They breathe rock’n’roll and really deserve it!/Laurent C.

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