I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House
(Sad Crow Records)
Aside from having one of the best band names going right now in music, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House actually have the music chops to back up the in-your-face moniker.
With Mayberry, their fifth studio album, these Portland boys can easily have you believing that’s actual Texas dust on their boots (to be fair, I think at least one of the members did actually call the Lone Star State home for a while). Their latest is a complex blend of alt country and punk rock (like pairing a nice faded Clash t-shirt with a pair of hole-in-the-bottom, duck taped Justin boots).
The album opener and title track is decent enough, if not a little rambling, but it’s the songs that follow that remind you why these guys are among the best at what they do (right up there alongside Lucero, the Old 97’s and Supersuckers). Lyrically Michael Dean Damron has always been pretty impressive; cramming their records with the kind of lines other bands go their whole careers wishing they had written. This album is no different with lines like: “Me and Judas got the shit end of the deal… like any good soldiers there’s folks to be killed” he croons on “Liars” or “Don’t give that Redneck a beer/David Allen Coe is all the boy will want to hear” off of “From Bad to Worse”.
After listening to the baker’s dozen of songs that make up Mayberry, you’ll be knocking back the long necks and looking for the next fight to pick. You may get your ass kicked, but you’ll have the perfect soundtrack to go with the punches. (John B. Moore)