Filthy Thieving Bastards: A Melody of Retreads and Broken Quills

I knew this was going to be a classic album from the moment I set eyes on the CD cover, a sketch of three guys boozing in a pub, the main focus being a guy that is (deliberate or not) a doppelganger of the Rev. Ian Paisley, classic.

Last years debut EP “Our Fathers Sent Us” from the Filthy Thieving Bastards was one of the best surprises of the last twelve months. The side project of songwriters John Bonnel and Darius Koski from the legendary street punk band the $winging Utter$ paying tribute to their hero’s and influences (MacGowan, Bragg, Costello, Presley). “A Melody of Retreads and Broken Quills” is the follow up full length and here the Filthy Thieving Bastards have really stepped out into their own in the sheer quality of the song writing and moved way beyond being just a “side project” or “original tribute” to join their influences and hero’s as peers.

Classic American root’s based rock’n’roll with influences from Shane MacGowan, Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello through to Elvis Presley and back beyond to the early Sun Sessions and Hank Williams. In a word brilliant, in three brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Now how about that interview guys!

December 2001

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