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Speedbuggy USA

"Round Up" EP

Cargo Music/Headhunter Records

Genres: cowpunk, country, country rock

Cargo Music, Inc.
4901-906 Morena Blvd.
San Diego, CA

April 13 - 20 2002

Although I'm no big country fan, I must admit that I do really enjoy bands of the cowpunk persuasion. It is for that reason that Speedbuggy USA really turns my crank. The "Round Up" EP consists of six songs; there's four original pieces and two covers (of Johnny Cash's "Drive On" and Merle Haggard's "Swingin' Doors"). It's pretty hard not to draw comparisons here to the Supersuckers and Southern Culture on the Skids, as there's a bit of both on this EP.

"Club 190," the opening track, is a jolly, catchy piece that isn't particularily hard, but is enjoyable nonetheless. It features a nice, fast rhythm and a delectable chorus that's sure to get you moving. Meanwhile, "I'll Do All Right" is a great effort; it features stompin' vocals and the best use of a harmonica I've heard in a while. It wouldn't feel at all out of place on a Supersuckers album; Timbo's vocals even sound a bit like those of the Suckers' Eddie Spaghetti. Also worth mentioning is the band's interesting cover of Johnny Cash's classic "Drive On." Although it certainly doesn't stand up to the original, it is enjoyable nonetheless, coming off as a revved-up, more melodic version of the famous tune. Altogether, this is a very satisfying EP. If you've got a hankering for some good ol' cowpunk, sniff this one out!


Matt Shimmer