Imagine you are traveling through the heartland in the heat of summer. After a long day in the car you are road weary, hot and sweaty. You stop at a classic roadhouse. Your goal is a greasy burger, a refreshing adult beverage and a brief respite before you travel on. The burger is fantastic, the beer is cold, and you start to feel human again. Before you know it, the place starts to fill up and a band takes the stage that proceeds to blow the roof off the place, treating you to a musical experience you won’t soon forget.
If you can envision the scenario and can imagine the music you would be treated to, you might want to pick up the new album from Zombie Garden Club on Bandcamp. Zombie Garden Club is the brain child of veteran musician Johnny Douglas a Canadian transplant to the Nashville Tennessee area. Douglas has been around the music biz for a number of years having songs of his recorded by the likes of Gregg Allman and Jeff Healey. Douglas has shared the stage with legends like B.B. King, Jerry Garcia, Roy Orbison and Steve Cropper (of Booker T & the M.G.’s fame) but always gravitates back to his solo projects to quench his creative longings.
What he has created in Zombie Garden Club is a modern blues record worthy of all the accolades this release will surely garner. Douglas likes to say that Zombie Garden Club “is all about fuzz tones, garage rock, Fender guitars and Vox Continental organs with a retro-modern vibe” but it is so much more. The recipe for Zombie Garden Club looks something like this; start with mid 60’s era Yardbirds, mix in a healthy dose of Texas blues in the vein of ZZ Top or Stevie Ray Vaughan and top it off with a pinch of Seattle grunge and voila… you have Zombie Garden Club. Track after track, this album delivers a healthy dose of the blues but sounds like a modern record and not a nostalgic throwback.
The stand out tracks on the album are ‘Ache of Love’, ‘Burn’, ‘Evil Baby’, and ‘Fuzzface’ but each and every track is a solid tune and this album is not to be missed.
Uncle Duke; a.k.a. Rob Penland is the producer and host of "The Mad Music Asylum" a 4 hour weekly syndicated radio show and now a 24 hour streaming internet station.