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THE PAINKILLERS
Drunk On A Train
Label: Blazing Strumpet (Australia)
Catalogue No: (BS-12)
Format: CD (jewel case)
Released: 2006
Price: $ 18.00
 
The Painkillers - Drunk On A Train
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James Baker played drums for many of Australia's great rock bands - the Victims, the Scientists, the Hoodoo Gurus and the Beasts of Bourbon - but left before they took off. And now he has applied his powerful primitive drumming style to new duo The Painkillers, teaming up with acoustic guitarist Joe Bludge.

Drunk on a Train contains a suite of 11 lo-fi organic songs that fuse the early acoustic Bob Dylan with the detached cool and New York drawl of '80s solo era Lou Reed. The catchy title track and Wild & Western Land are reminiscent of the punk folk styling of Hammell on Trial and punk poet Jim Carroll; while Facility Friend and the whimsical Honey Bees recalls slacker rocker J Mascis' mellower offerings and Porcupine is reminiscent of the Lemonheads at their most reflective. It's the cracked vocal, lived-in lyrics, loose playing and 3am on the couch-and-beerscharm that make it so appealing.
Tracklisting: (38:02 m:s)
  1. Drunk On A Train (2:52 m:s)
  2. Wild & Western Land (3:14 m:s)
  3. Honey Bees (4:03 m:s)
  4. Facility Friend (3:20 m:s)
  5. Joe Bludge (4:12 m:s)
  6. Porcupine (3:30 m:s)
  7. Redern Girl (3:21 m:s)
  8. Soho Girl (3:14 m:s)
  9. Suicide Machine (2:52 m:s)
  10. Only One Thing (2:35 m:s)
  11. Lonely Planet Boy (3:49 m:s)