"Round Up" EP
Genres: cowpunk, country, country rock
Cargo Music, Inc.
4901-906 Morena Blvd.
San Diego, CA
April 13 - 20 2002
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
"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!