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Chased by Martians is former Flat Duo Jets' member Dexter Romweber's magnum opus pastiche of old-tyme rock & roll, surf, garage, and rockabilly music. His previous solo album, Folk Songs: Solo Collection, was a collection of roots rock ditties. Here, he's expanded his repertoire and gone for a production style that perfectly fits the various musical styles. Most of the tracks have a perfect aged sound and demented outlook, as if a young Glenn Danzig were unleashed inside Sun Studios in Memphis sometime in the mid-20th century. Want some fuzzed-out guitar, a honky tonk, country-fried version of "The Seeker" (credited to Peter Townsend), and Reverend Horton Heat-style psychobillly (distorted Vox and all)? You got it all here. Romweber's previous band always went for a straightforward garage sound, but this album seems more like a direct tribute to Romweber's influences. There are covers of Charlie Rich, W.C. Handy, Eddie Cochran, the Surfaris, and the aforementioned Who song. From the song title of "Walkin' With Scary Hillbilly Monsters" alone, you get a sense of what he's trying to do here. Romweber himself even appears on the cover with a ghoulish getup. Perfect for any fan of roots or garage rock, or anybody who just likes music with spirit, unearthly or otherwise.


Born: 1966 in Batesville, IN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known as the former frontman of Flat Duo Jets, Dexter Romweber's affinity for rockabilly, surf, punk, blues, and lounge has inspired his career for the better part of two decades. While still playing in Flat Duo Jets, Romweber began his solo career with 1996's deceptively named Folk Songs, a collection of originals and a few handpicked covers. He also appeared on the 2000 Tom Waits tribute New Coat of Paint, and delivered the eight-song EP Big Beat the same year. Chased by Martians was released...
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