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THE FARRELL BROS - TRIBUTE TO THE CLASH Selkirk, Manitoba's rockabilly duo The Farrell Brothers get two tracks on Raucous Records 'This is Rockabilly Clash'.  "We like the Farrell Bros because their style, although being a cocktail of different genres, is unlike anything we have heard before. They have Rockabilly energy with a Punk Rock edge and a Roots Rock twang. The vocal harmonies are the final touch."

That's Howard of the UK's Raucous Records describing Selkirk, Manitoba's rockabilly duo Gordie n' Shawn Farrell. This July they had the honour of having both tracks accepted that they submitted for a compilation tribute to The Clash, This is Rockabilly Clash."We were asked to contribute to the compilation after the label heard an early mix of 'Rumble at the Opry'," explains Shawn Farrell. "Most of the bands on the album are from Europe. We're the only Canadian band." The Clash compilation is the 131st release for Raucous, a roster that includes Rockabilly and Psychobilly bands of international renown like The Meteors, The Honeydippers, and the Swing Cats. Add to that the 139th: the Farrell's 'Curbstomp Boogie' a reworking of 'Rumble at the Opry' released in Canada by Vancouver's Teenage Rampage Records, with different artwork, extra tracks, and a different song for the title. It's difficult to carve your own niche, especially in a genre as tightly defined as rockabilly, but Howard of Raucous Records sez: "When The Shakin' Pyramids and The Clash are among your favorite bands, The Farrell Bros get the mix of these styles damn near perfect, and add something of their own. "Making this big of an impression on their UK label might mean a tour to Europe in 2004 to support the album, which has been "selling well, and getting great reviews" according to Shawn/Gordie. Making this big of an impression on their UK label might mean a tour to Europe in 2004 to support the album, which has been "selling well, and getting great reviews" according to Shawn/Gordie. Their unique take on Psychobilly music helped them keep both their songs on the whittled down 10-inch vinyl release of 'This is Rockabilly Clash,' even after some other bands had to be cut entirely. After all, "they really liked what we were doing and offered to hold up the release of the compilation for us to get a track recorded." BTW, The tracks they chose: "Career Opportunities" and "Janie Jones."-by Gabino Travassos- Mote Magazine

 

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