CD Review| The Rhythm Bombers – Leave You For Dust
Album | Leave You For Dust
Artist | The Rhythm Bombers
Label | Foot Tapping Records
Genre | Rockabilly
The Rhythm Bombers may have formed less than three years ago, but they have all the hallmarks of seasoned veterans, but that’s no surprise given their impressive individual pedigrees;- Dai Prosser – on vocals & guitar – is also known as ‘Bop DeVille’ of The DeVille Rebels; drummer Ritchie ‘Stix’ Newell, formerly with Cardiff-based band The Devastators, has been demonstrating serious drumming chops for almost a quarter of a century; Colin ‘Sea’ Green previously played bass with Bristol-based band The Cheaterslicks; and Tiny Phillips is something of a guitar legend on the South Wales circuit playing with Blues band Mellow Down Easy and Ted Crook and the Blues Highway among others.
I first encountered them in November 2014 when they came in for a live session on Radio Cardiff where they raised the roof, that was around the time they released their debut EP ‘The Shed Sessions’. Since then they have built up a reputation as one of the coolest rockabilly bands on the scene, and now comes first full album – Leave You For Dust. Fifteen tracks, mainly originals written by the band with two carefully chosen covers including Dick Dale’s ‘Miserlou’.
Prosser’s raucous vocals are matched with Phillips’ driving guitar licks on ‘Rock n’ Roll Nightmare’ which opens the album, and the pace doesn’t falter The title track ‘Leave You For Dust’ rolls along like a locomotive and there are echoes of ‘The Shadows’ on the instrumental ‘Insomnia’ but for the most part this collection is pure Rockabilly.
“Long Time Coming” is a rarity on this album, with the feel of raw Americana – not quite as noisy, but still infused with grit. ‘El Texadero’ serves up another instrumental delight Spaghetti Western-style; and on ‘Together Forever’ Green is given full rein on bass as a counterpoint to Newell’s masterful drumming.
It’s a Rockabilly rollercoaster ride.
“Leave You For Dust”
The Rhythm Bombers