Remember when David Byrne went country? He did a cover of â€œDonâ€™t Fence Me Inâ€ and had some twangy originals, too, back in the â€˜90s. Geek country. That was the first thing I thought of when I heard, â€œMosquitos (Let The Fireworks Explode),â€ from The Roadside Graves new EP, What Happened To Him Could Happen To Anyone . But then I heard more, like â€œHellâ€ and the EPâ€™s standout track, â€œJesus Is A Friend Of The Family,â€ and I noticed that the songs are far from gimmicky. Theyâ€™re deceptively simple, hiding mature themes and touching lyrics under a veneer of catchy alt-country. I daresay this stuff is as good as anything Ryan Adams ever gave us. Much thanks and props to Kill Buffalo records, Brooklynâ€™s (nay, the
Berkeley Place’s) best country label, for this fabulous submission. Love it. Highest recommendation.
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