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  Z 28 - Wrecks From the Highway
By Ted Kane - SPONIC July 2003 RATING: (3 reels) 2003 submitted

A white-trash worshiping rockabilly band from Scotland? Well, why not? The UK has given us a lot of authentic blues and punk artists through the years, so I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that Z/28 pulls off that down and dirty hillbilly sound as well as they do. Still and no disrespect intended to Waylon Jennings I find the group’s cover of “Dukes of Hazzard” a bit disconcerting. Is that what McLuhan’s “Global Village” has led us to? Satellite broadcasts of inane American TV shows through billion-dollar satellite networks to Scotland? But, on the other hand, didn’t Ringo marry Daisy Duke? Surely Z/28’s two minute rave-up on the show’s theme (its best part, Daisy´s cut-offs, notwithstanding) is less of a travesty than Caveman. Anyway, I digress. Wrecks from the Highway is a short burst of high-octane punkabilly that holds its own with the records of that type made on this side of the Atlantic. Like the Stones’ infatuation with Americana expressed in songs like “Parachute Woman,” Z/28 (as in the vintage Camaro model) cooks up a lyrical stew of guns, girls, UFO and car cultures that shows the bands love for aspects of American culture that must seem greener when viewed from the other side. Each of the CD’s 14 tracks is framed by an excerpt from a B-movie, a gimmick that gets old as the album runs its course. But the songs themselves all have a good driving beat and an earnestness about them that few bands can match. If you are the type of fan who spells the word out r-a-w-k, you’ll enjoy this one.

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