Jakehead are three tattooed, greasy rockabilly cats from Champaign, IL. Jakehead has a hi-energy stage show that focuses on getting the crowd riled up and dancing. Jakehead has played with acts such as Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys, Throw Rag, The Cowslingers, Wayne 'The Train' Hancock, The Legendary Shack Shakers, and The Riptones. Jakehead is quickly developing a following in the Midwest of the United States. Jakehead plays originals and has a cover set list that is very extensive, covering many different bands of rockabilly, hillbilly, pyschobilly, and country. They are, in their own words, the primordial ooze of rock 'n' roll, dirt, twang, and rebellion!
Jakehead may have quite a varied setlist when on stage, this debut album consists mainly of neo-rockabilly, close to the edge of psychobilly, sometimes crossing the line, varied with a couple of slower paced rockabilly tracks. When this type of rockabilly first became popular in the early 80s, I used to call it Punk. Nowadays it's an integrated part of the rockabilly scene, and gaining back popularity once again. The music and the production of this independent release is very much okay, but you must have a taste for very fast rockabilly with screaming vocals and a touch of scorched twang. After playing it twice in a row, my head is spinning a bit. All 12 tracks on the album are self-penned by singer-guitarist Lane Kiefling, and, looking at the pictures on their website, the trio can be easily labeled as "white trash". But heck, we all know that white trash is the best company if your throwing a wild party!
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Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2003