Album Review: Chicken Diamond – Skeleton Coast

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Chicken Diamond

Skeleton Coast - Beast Records

It’s hard to predict what to expect from someone called Chicken Diamond, but what you get is a stripped down one man band that captures the essence of the MC5 and The Stooges, and there’s also a fair nod to Roky Erikson, Sky Saxon and the Edgar Broughton Band in there as well, these influences sit alongside the spirit of the hazy recordings that emanate from Rancho De La Luna. Skeleton Coast is a gloriously primitive blast of blues and psych influenced proto punk, tracks like Cracked Actor and GGG Land are raw re-imaginings of the sounds that preceded punk, to underline this also included on Skeleton Coast is a raw and ragged reworking of The Stooges track Down On The Street, and from my first exposure to it I knew that this is one my favourite versions of this often covered classic
The trend towards bands downsizing to duo’s would now seem to have reached it’s logical conclusion with the latest wave of solo performers who deliver the whole package on their own. Skeleton Coast is an impressive and raw album that devotees of the aforementioned garage and proto punk pioneers will adore, and fans of the recently released albums by the likes of MC1, Bones Shake, Snakerattlers and The Ghost Wolves will also revel in Chicken Diamond‘s minimalistic approach to delivering lo-fi roots influenced proto punk.
Skeleton Coast can be ordered via Chicken Diamond‘s website here