Always interesting. Everything from guitar driven "Alt. Country" to "bluegrass" to a weird mix of banjos and walkie-talkies that can only be described as "southern banjer trance". Put John Prine, The Grateful Dead, and the Bad Livers in a blender and you gotta a big ol` glass of Foddershock.
Drink up! (it tastes like pork juice)... Formed under the influence of alcohol in 2000, Foddershock released their first album- "Roadkill Expressway". A rather dark and haunting album, with tunes such as "Amphetamines and Grits", "Sock Monkey", and "Monster in the Closet". 2001 saw the release of their second album, "Ghost Of Lonzo".
This album contains one of their most popular songs, "Drunkards Go To Hell". The song "Jump In The River" is also on this release and was recently used in the independent film "Coming Down The Mountain" produced by N.Y.C.`s Cyan Pictures. 2002 brought yet another fine Foddershock album, "One Good Eye". Difficult to categorize, this album contains everything from distorted banjo instrumentals to fuzzy folk punk.
"Angel On Dirty Sheets" and "Wings and Warts" are standout cuts. In 2003, Foddershock released what is possibly their best album to date, "Black Lung & White Lightnin'"- an eclectic mix of tunes ranging from the bluegrass of "Fate's Runnin' Late" , the sarcastic pop-folk of "Use Me, Do Me, Love Me", to the flat out garage rockin' of "Cahoots" In the spring of 2004, Foddershock invaded the independent music scene with their album "Inbreds From Outer Space". From the pessimistic barnyard drinkin` tune "Can`t Win Fer Boozin`" to the flat out bong rockin` groove of "Stoned and Broke", this latest installment of Dysfunctional Folk Rock is truly an eclectical listening experience. Foddershock`s prolificness took a hit in 2005- day jobs kinda got in the way of the musical fun.
However, the bleak, murder-ballad infested "Corn On Macabre" was finally finished in 2006. You can pick one up at the nearest Flea Market, County Jail, Goodwill Store, Methadone clinic, or Brothel. Around here, all those places are in the same building- an Appalachian "mall" so to speak. Midway through 2007, Foddershock began working on their new album "Sordid Details Of The Human Condition".
Hopefully, it's a done deal sometime in 2008. Also, Foddershock's tune "Dyin' To Make A Livin'" (off the Black Lung & White Lightnin' CD) has been included on a recently released Americana compilation CD featuring songs about the coal mining industry. Other artists on this 2 disc set include Dwight Yoakam, Natalie Merchant (from 10,000 Maniacs), Ralph Stanley, Darrell Scott, Tom T. Hall, and Ned Beatty (SQUEAL! SQUEAL!).
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