This is Johnny Dowd's new record, 'A Drunkard's Masterpiece'. The songs, welded and mangled together, fondle every style from metal/weird country ('Infidelity/Gargon vs. the Unicorn') to jazz ('Random Thoughts') to instrumental funk ('Union of Idiots').
"I wanted to do an album that was a combination of variety show and soul revue. In the mix of styles, you can see my take on American music. Also, by running the songs together rather than having silence between them, I was trying to make the album as close as possible to our live show," says Dowd. "When we tour Europe in April and May, we will be performing the album in its entirety."
The band which includes Willie B (drums and bass pedals), Michael Stark (keyboards), and Kim Sherwood-Caso (vocals) is at the top of their game. "I think this album really shows the depth and breadth of what Willie B and Michael Stark can do musically as it is filtered through my somewhat warped consciousness."
"A creative car crash of Americana, beatnik rock, poetry, prose, jazz rock, rap, screaming metal guitar, retro pop, spoken word and country noir." -- Mojo
"His band runs through everything from jazz...funk and, in one of the album's standout tracks, everything from psychedelic-sounding country to bludgeoning heavy metal" -- Classic Rock
"It's really quite brilliant, putting to shame artists half his age." -- Uncut
"This is great but I can't quite bring myself to award his "masterpiece" five." ****1/2
-- The Sun
"Who else but maybe Frank Zappa would do a song about "the sacred bond between audience and performer" and call it 'Union Of Idiots"? -- The Independent