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Tow Truck

by The Perpetrators

Blues for people who hate blues. a mixture of everything but the kitchen sink
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. The Z-Rays Cured My Hangover
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2. Movin' Right Along
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3. I Can't See
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4. You're Gonna Kill Me
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5. Call Me
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6. Happy Friday
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7. Carly Song
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8. Honeypie
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9. R. Cowboy
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10. I Saw You Leaving
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11. Josco
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12. Toe Stub
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13. Baltimore
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14. Woman Of My Dreams
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15. (Tow Truck)
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Album Notes
The Perpetrators continue to expand and grow on their follow-up to the WCMA-winning and Juno-nominated “the gas and the clutch.”
“Tow Truck” is an uncompromising expression of their varied musical influences that never loses sight of their blues roots.

Featured guests include: Grant Siemens (Corb Lund Band); Damon Mitchell (Nathan); Sarah Dugas & Andrina Turenne (Madrigaia); Chris Saywell & Donnie Zueff (D.Rangers)

"From Winnipeg, this three-piece house wreckin’ unit are Canada’s strongest contender to join the many bands currently lumped onto the alt-blues bandwagon. In truth though, the Perpetrators have more in common with older groups like the Flaming Groovies or the Pretty Things, mixing up their sound with blues, country, surf instrumentals, garage punk and doses of psychedelic funk and electronic experimentation. Tow Truck, their third self-released CD, is the first to really capture the variety and quality of the Perps’ live show. Famous for their instrumental boogies, they throw a curveball right away, leading off with a surf instrumental Link Wray would have been proud of. The songs are deceptively clever tales about the simple things in life: relationships, life on the road and getting loaded. Guitarist J. “Howik” Nowicki is a distinctive vocalist, with a strong tone of irony pervading his delivery. Nothing gets too serious as a result. Newest member Chris “MAMA” Bauer (drums) adds a punk-ish thump at times, such as on the furious “You’re Gonna Kill Me” and the goofy “Happy Friday.” Ryan Menard holds down the bottom end; he’s an economical player that mainly stays out of the way while providing the recording with its rhythmic thrust. Junior Kimbrough would be proud to know his North Mississippi trance blues have found a new home in Winnipeg. The only thing topping this CD would be to experience them live. (Independent) "

The Perpetrators' third album opens wide up with the crazy surf-riffing of "The Z-Rays Cured My Hangover." It's surf music, all right, but the kind of out-of-control soundtrack that you'd expect to accompany a dangerous ride through shark-infested waters while you're dripping blood. The disc closes tight at the end with the title track, "Tow Truck," a grimy, grungy, grease-covered groove that creaks and groans while the three Perps scream until you can practically hear their vocal cords ripping and tearing.

The sonic landscape between those two bookends veers from the sort of roadhouse blues that usually comes from a stage protected by a chain link fence kind of joint to the pedal-to-the-metal stomp of "You're Gonna Kill Me" to the old school country of "Josco" to the crazy, carnival-rodeo sounds of "R Cowboy" to the apocalyptic wonderland of "Woman of My Dreams."

There's a lot of ground covered on Tow Truck, and the album is a fine example of just how good the blues can be when the players are pushing and pulling the music, stirring it up constantly to keep it from stagnating. It's nice to hear a band that continues to evolve naturally instead of chasing the latest musical fad. The Perpetrators do what they do not because it's the cool thing, but because that's who they are. And that's what makes them so damn cool.


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jason groves

Rockin' new album
Great new CD!!! It's rockin'!
keep up the good work

Rob Williams for the Winnipeg Free Press


Anyone who has seen a Perpetrators live show knows the local trio isn't strictly a blues band. Oh sure, they can bash those familiar 12 bars into the ground, but they can also duke it out with the best rock bands around.

They take the roller-coaster frenzy of their live show and channel in into their third album, kicking things off with a surf-rock instrumental and ending with a frantic jam. In between, vocalist-guitarist Jason Nowicki, bassist Ryan Menard and drummer Chris Bauer dabble in country-blues (Honeypie), fuzzed-out garage (You're Gonna Kill Me), avant-psychedelia (Toe Stub), back-porch country (Josco) and even some distorted boogie-woogie (Happy Friday).

Their experimentaion with sounds and genres doesn't mean the end of the kind of music for which they are best known. Blues remains the foundation of much of the material, especially on tracks like I Can't See, Baltimore, Movin' Right Along and Call Me.

Tow Truck finds the Juno-nominated group moving from blues-rockers to blues-adventurers, which ain't no crime at all. See for yourself tonight and tomorrow when they release the album at Times Change(d).

(4 1/2 Stars)

Leathan Milne

Best Perps album yet!
This album has been in my CD player since I picked it up. With a fine mix of various genres on this disc the Perps still manage to do what they do best...Rock and Roll!