4) I Killed My Ex-Girlfriend With A Chainsaw
5) Better Than Ever
6) Pretty Dead Girls
And now for something a little different. Normally any Stereo Terror reviews here on The Deadhouse are for newer albums. But I am going to be breaking that situation up a little bit, and also throwing up reviews of some of my favorite albums from the past in an effort to help spread the word about these bands that readers of the site may not have heard about.
Bad Ash were a horrorpunk and ska band that released this excellent EP entitled Boating Accident back in 2006. I personally discovered them about two years ago when I started getting more seriously into horrorpunk and was seeking out bands that may have music I could dig. Bad Ash were recommended to me so I decided to check them out, and I am so glad that I did.
The EP starts out with the track Creepy, which gives you everything you need to know about the band right off the hop. Driven by pounding guitars and drums, accentuated by the use of horns, giving the band a sound pretty much all their own. The vocals are also unique, going with a little more raspy style that works incredibly well with the music backing them. Creepy is essentially an anthem for horrorpunks everywhere, being all about how we are all a little off compared to the general populous.
Damnation keeps the good times rolling, with the horns becoming a little more prevalent. Karate is another fun track, and it is absolutely all about what the title says. The fourth track on the album is one that stands out as one of the most fun and catchy songs that I have ever heard, despite of the genre. The incredibly awesome titled I Killed My Ex-Girlfriend With A Chainsaw tells the story of a man who discovers that his significant other has been cheating on him. As he decides to take his revenge, he decides that guns or other methods aren’t the way to go, instead opting for the weapon of choice of the beloved Leatherface from the Texas Chain Saw Massacre. After dispatching of the new man, he takes his revenge on the woman he loved. If this sounds awesome, it really is. I don’t even think I can truly do this song justice.
After one of my personal picks for favorite songs ever, it surely would be hard to top it with any other tracks. While not as great as the previous song, Better Than Ever is an incredible tune that keeps a fast pace going, right into a perfect sing-along chorus. In some ways, you could almost look at it as a sequel to I Killed My Ex-Girlfriend With A Chainsaw. Pretty Dead Girls closes the album out strongly with another amazingly catchy song, closing out the EP on a high note.
Boating Accident is a perfect mix of horrorpunk and ska, which says a lot as I have never been a fan of the ska sub-genre of music. Unfortunately, the band would never release another album (at least to my knowledge) so all that remains of Bad Ash are these six songs. However, this may be one of the best EPs I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to, and I honestly can’t recommend it enough. If you like fun music, ska and/or horrorpunk, it is definitely something you will want to seek out. It may still be available on digital music services like iTunes and Xbox Music, but you can also find ways to download or purchase the album with some basic searching of the internet. However you come across it, definitely give it a shot, as these are six songs that every fan of horrorpunk should be accustomed to.
I Killed My Ex-Girlfriend With A Chainsaw