Casey Just and the PsykoPhoniks | Hickabilly Style

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Hickabilly Style

by Casey Just and the PsykoPhoniks

Psychobilly, Surf and Rawk tunes about lovin, losin and livin.
Genre: Rock: Rockabilly
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1. Drunken Barn Dance
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2. The DTs
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3. Molly's Curse
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4. Doin' the Get Down
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5. Oblique
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6. La Muerte del Amor
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7. Sundaes
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contact: casey@caseyjust.com

The music of Casey Just and the PsykoPhoniks blends dark humor, stories of sordid love, sex, death, and everyday small-town, blue-collar life while putting a modern spin of different musical styles such as Psychobilly, Surf, Swing, and Punk. The band cites Reverend Horton Heat, Link Wray, Tom Waits, Dick Dale, and Southern Culture on the Skids as the biggest influences on the sound of the band.

Casey Just grew up due east of the Nevada Air Force bombing ranges on a dry farm in the high plains desert of Northern Utah. As Just describes what growing up in that corner of the Beehive state was like he said "It was like living in an episode of the Twilight Zone. We lived a mile north of a missile plant, we lived about 10 miles south of the Interstate. We'd see strange lights hovering over the missile plant. Every now and again someone would drop off a dead body under the overpass of the Interstate. City folks would move out there and totally flip out, some of them moved out there to start their own cults. Looking back on it I guess there was alot of bizzare things that went on around that little town even though it was only big enough to have 4 stop signs and two swimming holes. I guess it does make for some great song material."

He learned about guitars from his father's Rockabilly/Surf/C&W band "the Westerners". As far as Just was concerned nobody was ever cooler than his dad when he strapped on his big red Gibson guitar, took the stage and stepped in front of the microphone. "One of the first thing my dad did was teach me how to fret an E chord and use the wang bar and the toggle switch to make all sorts of cool sounds. That's what I wanted to do right then and there but I wanted to do it crazier, louder,with a punk rock attitude and a heavy metal type of precision" says Casey, "I didn't just want to 'Rock', I wanted to R-A-W-K!!!"

Just spent many years in Utah creating a unique blend of retro-tinged Rock n Roll that fed off of the racous energy of his live performances. Self-producing his first CD he then began performing as Casey Just and the Jive Cats. At that time, he was doing a "bluesy, heavy-rock type thing" with references to Tom Waits and John Fogerty. Quentin Tarantino's film 'Pulp Fiction' however, was the inspiration that he claims made it all click for him." A lot of the music I loved was rooted in that primal music from the soundtrack of that movie." He started experimenting with some of those old music styles and created some hybrids just to see what might happen if you said "to hell with the rules."

His search for musicians that could help bring his sonic vision to life and the desire to further hone his song writing led him to relocate to Austin, Texas in 2001. Upon his arrival, Casey set to work putting together a rhythm section of two seasoned musicians, bassist, Gary Feist and drummer, Jimmy Fenno. Soon the trio was playing live in Central Texas, and people were starting to take notice.

One night after a performance Casey was introduced to veteran producer Stephen Doster. Doster was impressed with the intensity and honesty of Casey's live performances and he was dead set on getting what he saw on tape. The trio went to work recording their finest performances with Doster and his longtime partner, engineer James Stevens at the Bridge Studio in South Austin, Texas. Drawing inspiration from early rock and roll albums, an all analog recording was made without the aid of computerized software.

The final product of Casey's collaboration with this talented team was "HickaBilly Style", a fun, vibey, stripped-down, all out rock and roll party with serious under currents and jagged textures. The title was chosen for the subject matter of the songs and its fusion of Casey's primal Rock roots. "HickaBilly Style" is the culmination of a lifetime of musical experience of experimenting with new musical styles and setting them on a foundation of vintage rock music. Casey's fully realized sonic vision and the hot-rodded sound of the "HickaBilly Style" recording demanded a new name for the band, Casey Just and the PsykoPhoniks.

Both of Casey Just's Cds can now be purchased at http://CdBaby.com.


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Woodhouse

Excuse me, There's a Hick in my Beer! Umm, it's kinda tasty.
This Album is a curiously strong breath of fresh air. And is a great addition to the Austin Music scene! From traditional rockabilly to some fat rock tunes it has it all and is likely to please most everyone (even your girlfriend!). Two Words, BUY IT!!!

Ruby "Red" Harden

Next to Lipstick this Cd is a girl's BEST friend!
'Hickabilly Style' is a Psychobilly, Surf and Rawk freak-out that goes straight for the jugular vein! The vocals are stellar, the guitar work is some of the most dangerous I've heard in a long time and the rhythm section is hittin on all of it's hot-rodded cylinders. This Cd is filled with awesome Rocking music that sounds dangerous.... Yeah, Dangerous that's what Casey Just and the PsykoPhonks are!

G33K

LIVE sounding CD with great guitar chops and much energy.
Casey Just has produced a CD here with 'Hickabilly Style' that is all kinds of fresh and alive. He's blended styles from all over the map to create a scorching set of tunes that while tipping their hand to punk, tex mex, rockabilly, surf, funk and flat out rock and roll, are as uniquely original as anything you're ever likely to hear. There are so many hooks on this CD that you're constantly in danger of getting pierced by their barbs and drawn in to sing along! Lyrically intelligent, never pretentious while sometimes irreverent, the songs are a fun, flirtatious and often humor us look at life and relationships that everyone can relate to. As a guitarist, Casey lays down a bed of great guitar riffs and piles on some awesome rockabilly style solos, showcasing the mastery of his instrument and style with each passing track. As a recording, this CD sounds like a night out in a southwest Texas club. The live groove and feel of Casey and his band really shines throughout it - no overproduction here - it's produced just how it should be for this genera. I feel as though I could step through my speakers, right to the front of the stage. I love this disk. I recommend it highly!

Taylor

Caution: This is not you father's CD!
We had a few miles to kill and my buddy said, "check this out, man." I put in Hickabilly Style and was thoroughly impressed. Each track comes at you hard and fast and just when one stops and you start to catch your breath, another one starts. This is the new age of rockabilly and let me tell ya boys and girls, Casey Just is takin' no prisoners. This will be in my rotation for a long time.