Ed Woods Album Review: Wild Dude

A Japanese psychobilly band that worships Ed Wood, grindhouse cinema, and B-movies?  Sold.

Ed Woods consist of Billy Trash on upright bass and vocals, Johnny Trash on guitar and vocals, and Jet Trash on drums and “screaming.”  They sing mostly in Japanese, and I have no idea what the hell they are saying, but I don’t give a damn and neither do they.  I know they shred, however, and are the most fun psychobilly band I’ve heard in a while.

The title track on Wild Dude starts out with guitar so jangly you’d think Johnny Trash had stuck his guitar strings in a deep fryer before recording.  “Murder Ride” is full of reverb vocals, thunderous drumming, and enough screaming for two grindhouse car chase movies.  “Car Chase of the Hell” reveals their limited English, but that just makes the song more fun.  It also has some of Johnny Trash’s best guitar work on the record.  The song that follows it, “Hot Rod of the Living Dead,” wraps up their “driving trilogy” and is a great tune.  Billy Trash’s bass work is fantastic on it and I’m sure the song is a live favorite.

I hope “Astro Beehive” is about sexy Japanese gals from outer space who need men to repopulate their planet.  “World Wild Massacre” reveals their love of surf music.  “Jack the Ripper” is, appropriately, one of the craziest songs on the record.  It’s mostly psychobilly freak-out and screaming.  What more do you want?

“Skate Hell” sounds like “escape from Hell” when they sing it, but maybe they’re singing about escaping from Hell on skateboards, which would make a great movie.  “I Wanna Beer” has some of Jet Trash’s best drumming.  “Drag No. 8” belongs in a Russ Meyer movie as it’s the most swingin’ track on the album.  “What a Wonderful Dead World” is a solid instrumental, and a nice switch from all the vocal tracks.  It shows that these three are solid musicians and not just guys who scream a lot.  “Blood Sweat & Tears” sounds like, honest to goodness, a sweet love song.  The album ends with another great instrumental – “Dead of the Wild Dude,” which is part-space rock and part-psychedelia…and all great.

Ed Woods could be the new horror rock darlings if they get some exposure over here.  Do yourself, and them, a favor by checking out Wild Dude.

~ Nik Havert




Nik Havert is a writer, DJ at WSND 88.9FM University of Notre Dame, harmonica player, martial arts instructor, comic book publisher, crime fighter,music lover, cult movie enthusiast, and modern day Renaissance man.  He hopes to shark cage dive sometime in the next few years and enjoys travel and good natural root beer. Visit his web site at http://www.picklepress.net. 

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