Thee Scarecrows AKA
Stuffin' 'n' Splinters
Crank this to 7.8 of 11
Psychobilly, Bluegrass
Sounds Like:
Mad Sin, Reverend Peyton
Monday, November 5, 2018
Every heavy collection needs some knee slappin’ psychobilly. We find this genre to never fail during the middle of a good party or at the heart of a tailgating affair. Now if we told you a hillbilly band from the United Kingdom peaked our interest hopefully your ears would perk up just a little bit. Yes, please welcome Thee Scarecrows AKA hailing from the UK and their sophomore release (or as the like to call it second installment of their first album) Stuffin' 'n' Splinters. Lighthearted and uptempo for sure, the album once on is tough to take off. Its a quick listen at just over 20 minutes. The vocals are above average and certainly do not have any sort of UK vibe. Rather were are thrust into the throws of Memphis and the Deep South. Lyrically the album hits many typical goofy psychobilly passages as you would anticipate. Flaws resonate with perhaps too many repetitive lyrics and not enough crisp banjo jamming. Several tracks could have used a few more minutes to perhaps let the music breath and suck in some more southern UK tonage.

Track Listing:
1. Empty My Sack (3:43)
2. Stuffin n Splintres (3:30)
3. Headless Chicken Blues (3:20)
4. Devil Gate Drive (2:48)
5- Pluck My Duck (1:43)
6. Hey Hoe Diddley (3:10)
7. King Bee (3:20)

Standout Track:
The title track "Stuffin' 'n' Splinters" takes the prize for its stellar slide guitar work and melding of harmonica and grits. This one is well worth your time and really sets in motion what is a solid album.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
The Yellowhammer from Tuscaloosa is a fucking brilliant touch to what Thee Scarecrows AKA bring. A sweet blend of ingredients that do not take themselves too seriously:
1/2 cup light rum
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup amaretto
1/3 cup water
11/2 cups 100% orange juice
21/4 cups 100% pineapple juice
6-8 maraschino cherries

Mix the light rum, vodka, amaretto, water and juices together, then pour over ice and garnish with cherries. And enjoy!

Vocal Performance

Captivation and Variety

Weight of the Heavy
7.7 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
7.5 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
6.9 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
7.7 out of 11

6.4 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics 
8.1 out of 11

Production Value
8.2 out of 11

Final Thoughts:
Yes we do own every Reverend Peyton album put out to date. Perhaps legends of their time no question. Nonetheless, this world needs more quality heavy bluegrass or psychobilly as they now call it. Thee Scarecrows AKA and their release ’ Stuffin' 'n' Splinters shows some signs of very strong chemistry. Our only advice would be to perhaps go a bit more off board and work in some more contrast. Still worth grabbing on Bandcamp. Give this one a few rotations and let it flow at a random party.

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