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The Immortal Lee County Killers



Well, they're on Estrus and they're called the Immortal Lee County Killers, so right off, that should give you a fairly good idea of where they're coming from. Yes, these guys want to scare the living bejeezus out of you, right before they kick your sorry ass into the next area code with their ferocious fuzzy guitar licks and lunatic yowling. They play what they call "the real punk blues" (an appropriation, of course, of "the real folk blues" of cats like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Howlin' Wolf). What does this sound like? Jon Spencer and his boys playing live in Hell, forcefed Bennies by the Satan's helpful minions and driven by the King of the Underworld's ever-twitching red hot whip to keep up a frantic pace that leaves no time for gratuitous self-reference. There are only two of 'em, drummer Boss Sherrard and singer/guitarist Chet "Cheetah" Weise (both formerly of the The Quadrajets), so the sound is minimal and primitive. To be sure, there's some blues here, a taste of the Chicago sound filtered through the fuzz of the Cheetah's multiple tube amps, but in temperament, this is essentially aggressive lo-fi punk rock. Mean stuff too. See if you can handle it.

After releasing a series of seven-inches, the duo put out its first full album in 2001. It's called The Essential Fucked Up Blues (another fairly apt description of their musical style) and features the positively evil "Killer 45" and the hillbilly-flavored rave-up, "Won't Cook Fish.