Turpentine Brothers is Tara McManus (Ex-Mr. Airplane Man) on drums, Zack Brines on organ, and Justin Hubbard on guitar. The Boston trio bashes out their own brand of R&B garage, punk-gospel wreckage that rattles windowpanes and spills beers.
Turpentine Brothers have delivered a remarkable record with We Don't Care About Your Good
For those who like their rock `n' roll filthy and unvarnished, perhaps scraped with a putty knife off dank, Schlitz-can-littered cellar floors, fear not: The Turpentine Brothers have absolu tely no intention of scrubbing your hands clean.
Mainly, this Boston trio is interested in turpentine's other major property: flammability.
The group features drummer Tara McManus from the garage-blues duo Mr. Airplane Man and two players from the Kings of Nuthin', the only rockabilly band in Beantown tough enough to lug a piano to its gigs.
The guy behind that piano, Zack Brines, switches to "Nuggets"- style `'60s organ for this project, creating a signature sound that oscillates between swirling and creepy. On the opener, "People Are Talkin'," Brines' riff encompasses both, adding retro menace to Justin Hubbard's crashing guitar chords and lyrical tirade against gossiping two-faces.
Throughout the album, Hubbard is cucumber-cool and dangerously electric, like some standard-singing crooner in 1966 who mistakenly wanders into a Question Mark & the Mysterians session, is slipped drugs and decides to go along for the ride.
Even when murky - the mentally ill blues of "Why Can't I Do" and instrumental "Wrong N ight" - the Brothers rocket out of the basement with a sound that proves them liars: Of course they care about our good times. – Kenneth Partridge / HARTFORD COURANT
Times, one that feels like some great unearthed gem: the bastard lovechild of 60's soul and Nuggets proto-punk. Yet for all this, there's something very real going on here, something deeply rooted but not quite revivalist. – PUNKNEWS
Boston's Turpentine Brothers are brazen liars. One listen to the album and it's pretty obvious that they do care about your good times. This stockpile of disorderly garage r&b is highlighted by the thundering organ work of Zack Brines, but band founders Justin Hubbard and Tara McManus round things out with such admiration for the genre they've chosen. In addition, Hubbard's versatile cords deliver either a menacing growl or a self-confident baritone precisely when called for. Best served with whiskey and cigarettes. – 75 OR LESS