Last week Detroit’s rockabilly act the Koffin Kats dropped an impressive release titled Our Way & The Highway. Recently signing to Sailor’s Grave Records, a primarily Oi! / Punk label, the band continues to make great outlaw punk rockabilly music that strays away from the doom and gloom and focuses more on fast times and taking chances. People usually consider the Kats to be “Horror-Punk” but their 6th release is straight up, fun and addictive psychobilly punk rock.
Having toured the globe continually for the last 8 years, this band has earned their solid fan base the old fashioned way. If you have not seen them live before, you can expect non-stop fun through their sets. In fact, the band prides themselves on not-stop touring and making each night a party. Bringing this kind of attitude to the venues on a regular basis ensures nothing but good times – trust me, I have seen them live before, it was great.
“Riding High” starts off the album full-forced with a sound very similar to something off The Damned’s Grave Disorder (I adore that album btw…). Vic Victor has a voice that easily could rest along the lines of Elvis and even Chris Isaak and is showcased immediately as heard in the opening track. “The Way Of The Road” rubbed off as a rock track for a moment and soon morphed into schizophrenic variations of punk rock and rockabilly. The song really kept my attention with thanks to the ridiculous bass playing. Very cool song to check out if you have never heard the Koffin Kats before.
“Severing Ties” was straightforward and exactly what I expected to hear from the Kats. “For The Good Times” talking about mass consumption and good times even has some drink ware used as instruments for a solo. This song is by far my favorite track on the album.
I could not help but compare “The Devil Asked” to a Butthole Surfers song. It was very off key from the rest of the tracks on the album, yet fun to rock out to. “Locket Of Sin” sounded way more personal and gloomier than other tracks on this release with the story revolving around a troubled connection between a man and his woman.
I must admit that I rarely get into rockabilly / psychobilly / any-billy these days, but I really enjoyed listening to Our Way & The Highway. In fact, after listening to this album, I am going to be digging into the Kats’ catalog as it’s been a while since I have rocked out to them.
Full of catchy solos and rampant machine-gun bass playing aligned with great singing, Our Way & The Highway is easily likable regardless if you are a huge fan of psychobilly or not. I really think that this is the album that will act as a stepping stone for the Kats to emerge from the underground scene and really hope these guys make their way back to Cleveland soon.