“Demon Boogie Fever”

The first thing that caught my eyes after the cover and the digipack (both nice) is: 13 songs for 25 minutes. Woah! It's gonna be a hell of a ride. And during this 25 minutes (including 8 originals and 5 covers) you're going to be exposed to fast paced and high octane rockabilly with strong double bass (Powerful guitar voice and drums too). But they always keep things enjoyable (like the Ramones they are speed but never TOO speed) and... rockabilly. I mean they never fell in the cliché of Punkabilly or bad Psychobilly though some songs actually deals with Psychobilly like Demon Boogie Fever. And as the cover design shows, their rural roots are never far away. It leaves you breathless but you should like this sensation.


"Demon Boogie Fever"

Aptly named the Tremors this trio shakes and quivers it's way through an array of fast paced and fun Rockabilly tunes. Opening with the Phantom's wild "Love Me" they keep rollin' in a raw SUN records fashion with a mix of 8 originals and 5 covers that span from Edwin's Bruce's SUN classic "Rock Boppin' Baby" to Little Richard's fast paced screamer "I Got It" and on the way tackle "Rockin' Bones" Ronnie Dawson style at break-neck speed. Heavy slappin' bass, pounding drums and sizzling guitar topped off with the over the top and often somewhat breathless hiccuping vocals of Jimmy Tremor (and/or Slim Perkins) make up this veteran combo. You can definitely detect an early Cramps influence with a bit of a Psychobilly demeanor, especially in songs like "Demon Boogie Fever" and it suits the Tremors fine. This is Rockabilly back to the basics, wild and hot and not particularly refined but fast paced and pure fun. I dig the cover, too, the Tremors in hillbilly regalia standing in a cornfield! – GMB

"Demon Boogie Fever"

North Carolina's Tremors are lurching into their own True, previous discs "Scourge of the South" and Invasion of the Saucermen" already distinguished the slapped-up/stripped-down trio from bop contemporaries: the former reveling in hectic and gruesomely-technicolored fracture, the latter venturing into B-monster macabre. It may be difficult to make 'old' sound new. But the Tremors did it, with stark and freakish hillbilly terror. New CD "Demon Boogie Fever" passes by its predecessors, careening into a tilted romp 'n' stitch dimension not found on conventional maps. Sure, the basic sound is more pronounced traditional hillbilly than before. But it's what they do with that past -- twisting and contorting it into a strange new creature of unspeakable visage -- that accounts for its wonder. "One of the things that really makes the Tremors different from a lot of our contemporaries is our unpolished, rural sound," says guitarist/yelper Jimmy Tremor. "It seems to become more rural with each record. "We listen to a lot of primitive small label rockabilly, hillbilly/country from the late 40's and 50's and it's just so genuine & heart-felt that you can't help being influenced by it and wanting to play music that resembles it. The cover shot of us in the cornfield was just kind of the icing on the cake." Tremors inimitable material, unsurprisingly, is the snarling/writhing product of combined effort. "Usually, Slim or I come in to practice with the basic idea of a song," Jimmy says. "In some cases the songs are fully written, sometimes they need to be fleshed out. but every song is different in it's creation, and that of course, adds to it's personality. "'Sweet Lovin' Man' originated from a loose jam while we were rehearsing. With 'Devil's Eyes' and 'Late Night Drive-In Monster Show' from 'Invasion.' Slim wrote the words and I wrote the music. Sometimes we'll add phrases to the other's song. but by

the time that everyone's worked out their part and the arrangement is set, it really a band collaboration and reflects our unique stance as a band. That's why we always credit our tunes as group collaborations. "Most of the covers that we put on records are songs that we've been playing since we started the band seven years ago. We learned tons of authentic rockabilly tunes to play long gigs and really immersed ourselves in it. But we worked up 'I Got It' and 'Big City' just for the record though. "The covers that make it to a record are the ones that are closest to the songs we write ourselves, or songs we feel that we pull off a decent slant on. Some of them are songs that i wish that i had written myself (especially 'Drive-In' by Mack Vickery from the 'Uranium Rock' EP) "I guess what it all comes down to is that we choose covers by how well they fit in with our identity as a band. "We've been really lucky to have been able to work with someone like Steve Graham at Steve's House of Funk as our recording engineer/co-producer for so long. He worked with us on the 'Uranium Rock' EP and 'Invasion of the Saucermen,' previously. He really knows how to get the sound we're looking for. He's like a fourth band member in the studio. He's changed buildings since 'Invasion,' and I think the smaller room in the new studio really works better for the rockabilly sound. The whole band feels that this is our best sounding record to date. "When i was calling around to get the mechanical rights for the cover songs, I called Knox Publishing concerning 'Rock Boppin Baby". The man who answered the phone said they didn't handle it there, but was curious about which song I was interested in. When I told him, he said, "That's an old song. I played on that". It turns out that I was talking to with Roland Janes. I couldn't believe it. He seemed like a very nice, humble guy who had no idea of how extremely important his music really is."
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"Demon Boogie Fever"

A lot has been written on this website already about this fabulous rockabilly out of North Carolina, USA. No need to introduce them again, just have a peek at the previous pages published over the years on our web: 2004: The Scourge Of The South; 2005: Uranium Rock; 2006: Invasion Of The Saucermen. And now we write 2009 and either it has been a bit quiet around the Tremors for a few years, or they just didn't bother to send in their CD's. Whatever the reason, it's been 3 years we wrote about this trio, and there's a pretty good reason to do so again today, because their latest record "Demon Boogie Fever" is spinning in my player and I get the shivers going up and down my spine. These guys know how to make "my kinda music". Rockabilly, the way it was supposed to be played, with passion and soul. Jimmy Tremor's voice is excellent and cut out right for rockabilly, his hickups sometimes remind of Charlie Feathers, one of the originating legends of rockabilly music. Jimmy's guitar picking is clean, fast and nerve wrecking. Together with the hurtful thumping of Slim Perkins' upright bass and the steady beat of Stretch Armstrong's drums, the trio guarantees a full band sound, and more... All tracks were written by the trio, except "Love Me", the fantastic opener of this album, which is a Phantom original, Rockin' Bones (Ronnie Dawson), I Got It (Little Richard), Big City (Joe Sparks) and Rock Boppin' Baby (Edwin Bruce, Collins Kids). Both the original songs as the covers all sound very sparkling and fresh. Very well done. The album even includes a tribute to yours truly with a song titled "Black Cat Blues". The only thing is, they unfortunately forgot to dedicate it to me in the liner notes (bummer!) Great song anyway!! Rock on guys!

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