Business in the Front Party in the Back!
Who ever said that two guys with jobs, kids, and a million other obligations can't find the time to create some boot-stompin'- honky-tonk-neo-post-Modern Lovers-meet-HankWilliams with a hangover and a broken heart-sing-along if you dare-good-times music? The El Caminos are Armin Heurich and Chuck Donovan, from Ithaca, NY. Like their hometown, the band is a conglomeration of different styles, backgrounds, and full of odd combinations. Jonathan Richman, The Velvet Underground, and Joy Division meet Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Steve Earle to yield tunes with a definite country rhythm and a whole lot of punk attitude. The songs are straight forward, relying on catchy rhythms and uncomplicated chord progression with an emphasis on clever lyrics and feeling. We dare you to listen to this stuff without grinning and singing along! Business in the Front. . . Party in the Back!(A reference to the El Camino, which the band describes as "The Mullet of the automotive industry") is the debut CD from this duo. The originals on the CD provide a glimpse into the lives and past experiences of the group, including a chance encounter at K-Mart ("Ryan to Cosmetics"), coming to grips with the artistic direction of an icon ("When Jonathan Went Country"), misadventures of a Seventh Grader ("Seventh Grade"), or simply expressing the not-so-nostalgic feelings one has for their hometown ("(Let's Not Talk About) My Hometown"). The songs chosen for the CD provide a glimpse into the myriad influences in their music: from Traditional Country (Johnny Cash) to Modern "Alt" Country (Fred Eaglesmith) and country punk (Old 97's) and Pop-Rock (Clem Snide), the result is a fresh, barroom feel and a great listen! Underlying this whole thing is a large amount of snarkiness, humor, and certainly good, clean fun. Listeners will not be disappointed!