Record Label: Sailor’s Grave Records
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“Born of the Motor” is the seventh studio album by the Detroit-based misfit punks and it’s one hell of a furious ride.
I know that I’ve heard of the Koffin Kats before, but “Born of the Motor” is the first full length that I’ve ever actually had in my possession. It’s a shame because I’ve definitely been missing out.
The Koffin Kats are labeled as a psychobilly band, but their sound is much more multi-dimensional than that label gives them credit for. There is the obvious Misfits influence with not just the vocals, but with the horror punk and sci-fi punk songwriting. There are also some metal influences that rear their heads now and again and you can’t discount the country influences that get lost with a lot of modern psychobilly bands.
“Born of the Motor” takes all of the aforementioned musical influences and pieces them together into a well-crafted album that isn’t just another run-of-the-mill Tiger Army carbon copy band. Some songs are a little bit country, some songs are a little bit punk, some songs are a little bit metal and every song has a unique sound that I really haven’t heard before from the psycho punk/rockabilly genre.
The Koffin Kats have been making music for well over a decade and this album is obviously a product of their experiences and experimentations. It’s fun and refreshing to hear a psychobilly band that doesn’t play the same two songs over and over again. I was pleasantly surprised by the Koffin Kats in general and by “Born of the Motor” in particular.
Bottom Line: A psychobilly album that breaks the mold of that genre. Variety isn’t one of the strong points in regards to psychobilly/rockabilly. “Born of the Motor” has plenty variety to spare.
Notable Tracks: Born of the Motor, This Heart (Stays on Ice), The Team, Under A Blue Sky