Those Poor Bastards | Songs of Desperation

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Songs of Desperation

by Those Poor Bastards

Those Poor Bastards play miserable and primitive old-time gothic country music.
Genre: Country: Outlaw Country
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1. This is Desperation
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2. With Hell so Near
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3. They Don't Make Folks Like They Used To
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4. Shadows Fall
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5. Drunk with Fear
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6. Deep in the Mud
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7. My Last Dollar
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8. A Bone to Pick
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9. Among the Pines
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10. Death ain't You Got No Shame?
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11. Drown in the River
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Album Notes
Even in a crisp digital format, the new Songs of Desperation sounds as if Harry Smith dug it out of some trunk in a long-abandoned Mississippi shack that was once shared by The Cramps, Nick Cave, and the Louvin Brothers. The miserable, primitive duo carries on as if the graveyard is but a step ahead, the devil a step behind, and there's hell to pay in every direction.

- The Onion

Sounding like they were recorded in the 1930s on broken equipment in a desolate region of southern Mississippi, Those Poor Bastards evoke the kind of heart-wrenching feelings of misery and loneliness you'd hope to hear on an album called Songs of Desperation. Unrelentingly slow and scratchy, this true old-time Gothic country draws more influence from the likes of Tom Waits and Nick Cave than Johnny Cash. The inky concoction of organ, banjo, and guitar on Songs of Desperation is the background music for themes of sold souls, empty lives, and certain death, but the album is still not without an element of black humour. If you find rockabilly and psychobilly's treatment of the genre too cartoonish and trivial, Those Poor Bastards offers the polar opposite you've been looking for.

— Rue Morgue Magazine


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steve wood

Menacing, Disturbing, Beautifully Sincere
While this stunning release may not bolster your opinions of mankind and the world we inhabit, through the bleakness of the sparse arrangements and harrowing lyrics emerges an off-kilter beauty where sorrow and desperation can serve to comfort, gratify, and ultimately redeem. Often such music, in whatever genre, seems like a hoax or gimmick, but Lonesome Wyatt and The Minister sing, howl, wail from the pits of their tortured souls and accompany their misery with an appropriately primitive production value and foreboding gallows humor. The first listen may not clutch you; the fourth or fifth will.

Mark Fraser

Songs Of Desperation
Raw and in your face living room sounds that will make you want to start playing along with them
great recording 100% in your front room.

Andrew Stratton

songs kick ass
even up in New England this southern/Gothic style speaks too ya

Toro Mendes

Damned album of the year.
I had really high expectations after hearing "Country Bullshit". This album surpassed what I was hoping for. At times unrelentingly bleak and experimental, at other times it pays sincere reverence to its country and folk roots. It's a hell of an accomplishment of an album, and fans of experimental music, country, folk, avant guarde and rock&roll would do themselves a great disservice to ignore it.

Matt McJones

Best Country Album in a long time
This is it here. Where country music should have evolved into. One moment rich thick vocals the next scratched away into a terrible visage.


This is very cool, sounds like it was recorded with vintage equipment. It is minimalist creepy country but creepy in a good way! Highly Recommended especially if you like original sounding artists.