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Night Without End

by John Wayne Army

Spooky country with a garage twang... lo-fi exotica... beatnik blues
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Revenge
3:34 $0.99
2. Ghost Train
2:29 $0.99
3. Songwriter
3:39 $0.99
4. I Was Betrayed
4:16 $0.99
5. House Without Love
2:35 $0.99
6. Tonight
3:40 $0.99
7. Slaughtered Again
2:42 $0.99
8. Girl in My Dreams
3:30 $0.99
9. Drunkard's Lament
4:11 $0.99
10. Well of Loneliness
2:13 $0.99
11. 100 Teardrops
3:50 $0.99
12. Bury Me in Kisses
2:44 $0.99
13. Saturday Night
3:36 $0.99
14. Who Really Cares
1:51 $0.99
15. Marylou
11:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
Imagine Nancy Sinatra duetting with Tom Waits in a David Lynch film after a gin-soaked coupling...

John Wayne Army combine the doomed romanticism of Leonard Cohen/Townes Van Zandt/Johnny Dowd and with the wild rock'n'roll abandon of The Cramps...

... whilst tipping a nod to Alex Chilton's suave fuzzed-up rock'n'roll and Serge Gainsbourg's deranged exotica....



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elvis meets david lynch. or like 16 Horsepower
This album was originally released by the North London alternative country collective with the cool name in February 2001 but its being given another push so courtesy of Calavera records, here it is.

Sounding like some kind of country version of the Pogues with a permanent female vocalist (Sam Ireland) alongside the wry, whisky soaked, tragic poetic character of Alistair Newton gives this band an indefinable style, very cool, but very different from one song to the next.

Opening track “Revenge” tears up the air with spite and world weary lyrics about, well about revenge, “Songwriter” pokes fun at the whole romantic notion of the lost, wandering songwriter, “I was betrayed” with Sam Ireland’s sweet voice (sweet for a woman who’s reportedly been arrested twice for CS gas possession!) sounds almost like a 50s doo-wop track, all sugar and innocence with a doo-waa chorus while the guitars buzz like something off a Dinosaur Jr record.

As the album progresses, it seems to get progressively less dark, as if the night without end envisaged by its creators gets some sweetness and light, as if the cowboy in the movie this album could be a soundtrack to find himself some love and comfort in between getting drunk and rowdy (“Slaughtered Again”).

“Girl in my Dreams” is as soft as you’d expect from the title, an alternative pop love song played as a kind of 50s number that reminds me of any number of fifties American ballads but performed by John Travolta and Uma Thurman, such is the overriding feeling of noir and film-like evocativeness, the atmosphere of cigarette smoke and shady deals goin down. And it doesn’t take long to fall back into themes of heartache and loss with “100 Teardrops” and “Well of Loneliness”, the misery can get slightly overworked and the singer’s voice isn’t quite as naturally low and growling, having a fairly nasal, but in tune feel, although at times he can whoop and holler like Buddy Holly.

So in a word, ElvismeetsDavidLynchwithNancySinatraintheAmericanMidWest. Or 16 Horsepower in sharp shirts and sunglasses.