Reviewed by Jack Derricourt
Apologies for a short review this week: the Jays are in make or break mode, and I’ve chewed my fingernails down to the bone, making typing fairly difficult.
The one relief in this anxiety-laden haze has been the newest single from Edmonton prodigals Betrayers. “Tombstone Salesman” shows the rock and rollers venturing into new directions of 60s style, with a more melodic, vibrating tone available to all who listen. The drums are driving and the vocals are laconic as always. It’s the lively, heavily effected guitar line that lends this song an otherworldly quality. It’s all over so fast, with the track running on for all of three minutes, but the guitar sound is something the mind will hang onto in the late, vampiric hours of the night, and call up like a twanging deity for consolation and support. Brilliant!
The Betrayers have been busy touring the world, conquering one set of eardrums after another. But as the winter settles in, they’re heading into the studio for some serious tune crafting. I for one am grateful for this band’s existence, and can’t wait to hear more like “Tombstone Salesman” in the very near future.
Rating: Proud Hoot (Really Good)