Cry of Midnight
'This is my must have CD of the month!!! Even if rockabilly's not your thing it's never too late to change, and I can't think of a better disc to pop that rockin' cherry than this! Kinda like Elvis a little on the Misfits side or the Misfits a little on the Elvis side, Rockin Ryan and the Real Goners' Cry of Midnight is one part rock and two parts billy with a whole lotta devilishness thrown in. This is the stuff life sentences are made of. These guys do rockabilly as it should be done--greasy, swingin' and macabre. Ryan's sultry vocals linger like a softer, younger Danzig full of romantic criminal intent circa Legacy of Brutality. Seedy lyrics preach of all sorts of debaucheries involving the fairer sex. Musically, Ryan and the Goners are a modern version of Carl Perkins, Ray Campi, and Johnny Cash all rolled into one. The guitar work is marvelous. Like Atlas, the legendary Rip Carson carries the weight of it all on his shoulders--uh strings. At times gangly and sleazy and at times electric and assertive, it's rare that an instrument holds as much weight as the vocals, but this is one of those rarities. Upright bass sets the mood and adds authenticity, and stripped Slim Jim-esque drums are the glue holding it all in time. This is pure and simple rockabilly. And while the younger Tiger Army and Horrorpops fans might be hungry for some distortion and theatrics, traditional kats and kittens will feel right at home. If you only get one CD this month make it this one.' Patricia Valery, EvilNeedles.com, May 2006.
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