Cathouse Thumpers (Selftitled Debut Album) 
Produced by Cathouse Thumpers, 2007

This is what I call an outstanding debut CD of a red hot Rockabilly band from San Diego, California! It's a selftitled and selfreleased CD from Cathouse Thumpers, in the style of Stray Cats and '68 Come Back Special, also with Brian Setzer, even Reverend Horton Heat's straight Rockabilly sound. This top-notch CD contains thirteen Hi-Power Rockabilly, bluesy/jazzy tunes and uptempo songs. Twelve of these numbers are written by the boys themselves, only the last song on this album is a cover written by Jerry Reed, but they have given it their own treatment. The album is engineered, mixed and recorded by Mike Kamoo of The band is formed by guitarist/vocalist Gig Fortier and bass player Jeremy Preston Rouse, who broke up with the Rockabilly/Psychobilly band "The Hooligans" and got together with drummer Mark Kaufman. They hit the scene in Southern California and take over the world to play high-octane Rockabilly. Part Retro, part Modern, all rarin' to go. This stompin' group had eyes for adventure and hit the studio to put out a unique sound they could brand their own, and boy, brand it they did!!

The opener "Our Neck Of The Woods" gets you right into the Neo-Rockabilly feeling. "Cool 18" gives you that Brian Setzer sound with lots of cool guitar liks and much slap bass. "Chicken Legs" is certainly my favorite, it starts like AC/DC for the first four seconds, but after that first slap note on the bass, it's straight Rockabilly! With "Spellcaster" we can sit down for a moment with a moody and a bit of a rumba sound, very well made. "Just For Kicks" is a good instrumental with a jazzy sound, Gig knows what he doing! "Little Green Men" lets you look to the sky as this is real 1950's Flyin' Saucer Rock n Roll. "Big Daddy" cools it down a bit, but in "Disappearing Girl" I hear still that psychobilly influences with in the slow parts of the song a beautiful teamwork of the bass and drums and well overthought guitarplay. Then we go on to "Sweet Sweet Gin" nice straight forward Rockabilly, "Chainsmokin" is sort of a fast Hillbilly instrumental, something different."I Can't Stop" is a bit bluesy, as opposed to "The Time Of Our Lives" which reminds me of the Go Getters. As I said before, the last song is "Eastbound And Down", the only cover on this album, and is made with their twist to the original, it sounds good!

Our Neck Of The Woods / Cool 18 / Chicken Legs / Spellcaster / Just For Kicks / Little Green Men / Big Daddy / Disappearing Girl / Sweet Sweet Gin / Chainsmokin / I Can't Stop / The Time Of Our Lives / Eastbound And Down

Cathouse Thumpers are:
Gig Fortier - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals
Jeremy Preston Rouse - Doghouse Bass
Mark Kaufman - Drums

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This CD is available from CDbaby, as well at iTunes and Napster.

Reviewed by Rockin' Kees, 2008