Sunday, September 24, 2017
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: PETUNIA AND THE VIPERS - LONESOME, HEAVY AND LONESOME
Wonderfully, Petunia's long-time touring partner, the Minimalist Jug Band (Vancouver poet Al Mader), joins on guest vocals for the delightfully eccentric and manic I Don't Have To Go To High School, about waking up from a nightmare realizing its many years past the time when you had to go to class first thing in the morning. If that seems like a wild concept for a song, that's just scratching the surface of what Petunia delivers. From shaggy dog stories to rockabilly lust (Jeanie, Jeanie) to Ugliest Bitterist Coldest Dreary Place I've Ever Seen, he's far removed from the standard lyrical subjects. And he still has room for his brilliant takes on the best traditional numbers, such as Dying Crapshooter's Blues. Is this the sound of the future, or the past?