Guts – Trauma EP

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Trauma EP - Abattoir Blues Records

I sadly missed the chance to see GUTS supporting The Bellrays earlier this year, after hearing the Trauma EP I’m going to give the broken parking meter that delayed me getting to the concert a hefty kick. They Hail from Manchester, England and make a glorious dirty sleazy blues influenced noise. Trauma is the third EP in the Blunt Force Trauma series, I’ll let you guess what this first two EP’s were called, and all three will be released later this year in one handy package on Abattoir Blues Records.

GUTS sound lies somewhere between Nick Cave, The Cramps and The Jim Jones Revue and if you think that sounds impressive, well it’s because it is. The songs 666 and Blow have a mean low down guitar that brings to mind Link Wray in a bad mood, combine this with a gruff guttural vocal delivery and you’ve got the kind of songs that sound like they’d steal your bourbon and kick your arse just for the fun of it. But for me the highlight of this EP is the cover of The Ronettes classic Be My Baby, they have taken this well known sixties standard and imbued it with menace and a sinister blues grind that alters the whole tone of the song.

GUTS wouldn’t sound out of place on the soundtrack of one of Quentin Tarantino‘s better movies, after hearing this I’m really looking forward to hearing the entire Blunt Force Trauma collection in all its glory later this year.