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Blastin' out of Texas, but sounding a lot more like Yankee crank rock bands such as the Dead Boys, the Supersuckers, and the Gaza Strippers, the Riverboat Gamblers want to do nothing so much as play balls-out, full-on rock & roll for you. There's no new ground broken here — you're not gonna hear something that you can't hear on a Hellacopters record, for instance — there's just hyperbolic cranked-out rock & roll jams for your groovey pleasure. Plenty of tipping of the hat to the band's forbearers is on this album as well; they even do a great version of Joey Ramone's "Slug," getting the nasal sneer down and everything. Great music for blastin' out of a car, or getting completely drunk to at some show in some smoky, sweaty, and packed bar.


Formed: 1997 in Denton, TX

Genre: Alternative

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

The Riverboat Gamblers rocked their way out of the university town of Denton, Texas, in September 2001 with the "Jenna Is a No Show" 7". It's unclear how the vinyl sliver was able to effectively harness the sonic fury that the Gamblers' legendary UNT house party live act had become; nevertheless, an instant classic was born. A Tim Kerr-produced eponymous LP followed on Vile Beat; it poured a pint of whiskey on an already raging rock & roll fire. Led by the whooping vocals of Teko (Mike Wiebe), the...
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