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Fueled by boredom and worry, Nine Pound Hammer fired it up during the dark winter of 2020 to record their new album, "When The Sh*t Goes Down" available October 1, 2021 on Acetate Records.
For their 8th studio album, original members Scott Luallen and Blaine Cartwright (Nashville Pussy), reached out to Ramones producer Daniel
Rey, who braved the Kentucky elements to throw a gas can on the bonfire, helping the band conjure 13 new Cowpunk Spirituals™ that are guaranteed to cure what ails ya.
"I'd worked with Daniel
Rey several times before and knew he'd be perfect for Nine Pound Hammer," says Cartwright, "his emphasis on hooks, guitar tone, attitude, energy, vocal delivery is right up Hammer's alley. We're basically the Kentucky Ramones and I know Daniel
misses the Ramones - so it was a great fit."
The cover art, illustrated by Tim Gabor, depicts 4 of Kentucky's favorite sons - Bill Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel
Boone and Col. Sanders. "I was kickin' around several concepts, like a Kentucky All-Stars cover with everyone from Abe, Warren Oates, Dwight, Ali, etc., but narrowed it down to the 'Mt. Rushmore of Kentucky,' people that have made a global impact. I mean those are some heavy hitters!" Luallen explains.
The songs on When The Shit Goes Down also hold a mirror to Kentucky's current atmosphere and environment. "I work in the recovery community and felt I needed to convey what I was seeing and hearing" Luallen clarifies. "Yeah, Scott and I had several phone calls over the last few years," Cartwight continues, "We both had tunes but no lyrics. Neither of us knew what to write about, but we'd always end up talking about his job dealing all the Kentucky opioid deaths. So, we decided to write about Kentucky and paint a real picture of modern small city life and give the stories a bad ass, punk rock soundtrack."
Then flipping though a recent issue of Kerrang! Magazine they saw a map of the USA, and the best punk band in each state and written inside the state of Kentucky was "Nine Pound Hammer."
"It was so inspiring!" asserts an excited Cartwright, "Seriously, screw all these retro fake hillbilly long beard bands strumming a banjo and singing about trains they never caught. This is an album of it's time. There's still a lot of humor, food songs and Hammer trademark tunes, but there's a sense of urgency, especially in the vocals, that's as strong as it was in our debut LP."
So after 35 years what keeps Nine Pound Hammer going? Luallen is quick to answer, "We still have these songs in us that we want to hear, and it's honestly sad to imagine us and the other few bands still kickin' it from our era going away forever. I appreciate seeing these bands and know people appreciate seeing us. It's good for the soul."
"These are the coolest guys I know, we'd all hang out anyway," Cartwright expands, "But instead of getting together and telling each other boring stories about our jobs, mortgages and the good times we used to have, we crank up the amps and learn Judas Priest
tunes. That's way better, believe me. Way, way, way better."
WHEN THE SHIT GOES DOWN TRACK LISTING:
What Kind Of God
When The Shit Goes Down
A Girl Like That
Drunk, Babies & Fools
2 Legged Dope
Billy Lost His Feet
One Last Midnight
Get The Hell Off The Farm
Possum Kickin' FSESOB
Daviess Co Tractor Massacre
Best Of All Possible Worlds (Kristofferson cover)
Scott Luallen - Vocals
Blaine Cartwright - Guitar / Vocals
Earl Crim - Guitar
Mark Hendricks - Bass
Brian Pulito - Drums.