Nashville Pussy - Up the Dosage“If I don’t make it to the top/It’s everybody’s fault but mine.” So goes the chorus to ‘Everybody’s Fault But Mine’, the opening cut on Nashville Pussy‘s latest album. It’s kind of counter-intuitive to what we expect from them. The Atlanta, Georgia outfit are a typical ‘cult’ band ploughing their own very individual filthy furrow. They seem too busy partying to give a shit about getting famous.

This is their sixth studio album and it doesn’t depart from their usual lyrical concerns of getting high, fucking and rocking. Where it does differ, though, is in the music accompanying all that vice. Despite being quite obviously a Southern rock band there’s very little here that aligns them with say, Lynyrd Skynyrd or Blackfoot.

The bluegrass of ‘Hooray for Cocaine, Hooray for Tennesse’ is a rare display of their roots as the majority of the album sounds like it came straight outta Detroit. ‘Till The Meat Falls Off The Bone’ and ‘White And Loud’ both sound like classic Alice Cooper and ‘Spent’ is pure Iggy & The Stooges (incidentally, those are three of the best songs here).

‘Before the Drugs Wear Off’ is a tale of white trash infidelity which, in the hands of neighbours The Drive-By Truckers, would be a blue-collar tragedy; in Nashville Pussy‘s world it’s more like a Farrelly Bros. comedy. The song just wallows in its badness.

The whole album is an unapologetic celebration of being bad and fucking up. The title track includes lines about driving on heroin and the whole album mentions illegal drug use so often it’s like a very specific case of Tourette’s syndrome .

However, the brilliantly titled ‘The South’s Too Fat To Rise Again’ sits awkwardly amongst the other songs of shameless, reckless hedonism. The band warn that: “All good rebels can touch their toes”.

Like a lot of hardened road warrior survivors Nashville Pussy are given to self-mythologising – let’s celebrate ourselves ‘cos no other motherfucker will. The rather good ‘Pussy’s Not a Dirty Word’ closes proceedings and joins many Motörhead songs and The Drive-By Truckers‘ ‘Road Cases’ as a summation of their lifestyle. Not that they want to get too smart.

As a very famous film tells us ‘it’s a fine line between clever and stupid’. Nashville Pussy just snorted that line and grabbed your crotch.

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