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Nik Havert
The Elixirs Album Review: Long Gone
Published on August 5th, 2013

I love power trios, and I’ve just discovered a new one – The Elixirs (Dan on vocals and guitar, Whitt on upright bass, and Dave on drums).  They’re fellow Hoosiers, and I’m glad to hear someone from around here is making good psychobilly records.

Their album, Long Gone, starts with “Water and Bread,” which will knock you out of your boots.  The title track salutes Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and the Dead Kennedys at the same time.  They, like me, have a serious crush on psychobilly girls, as is evidenced by the song “Tits Deep.”  The drums are wicked on “Cry for Me,” and the band swings like the best honky-tonk bands on “Door of Freedom.”

The Elixirs make no attempt to hide their love of metal and doom rock.  “17-12,” “Soul,” “Cowboy Rot,” and “Sea of Lies” let them flex their Danzig muscles and “Torn Rose” would be at home on any decent metal album.

There are good drinking songs, too.  “Misery,” “Standing in the Rain” (with its great bass), and “This Kind of a Mood” will make you want to raise a glass.  “Loser” is a song that will make you raise a glass and then possibly smash it over your head as it kicks into serious rock.

If you like psychobilly laced with doom and metal, you should take a stiff drink of the Elixirs.

~ Nik Havert

 

 

 

Nik Havert is a writer, DJ at WSND 88.9FM University of Notre Dame, harmonica player, martial arts instructor, comic book publisher, crime fighter,music lover, cult movie enthusiast, and modern day Renaissance man.  He hopes to shark cage dive sometime in the next few years and enjoys travel and good natural root beer. Visit his web site at http://www.picklepress.net. 

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