JELLO BIAFRA AND THE NEW ORLEANS RAUNCH AND SOUL ALL-STARS – WALK ON JINDAL’S SPLINTERS LP/CD (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

You know that episode of Chronic Sighways where Mr. Rock’n’Grohl and his merry band of surf bro’s head to New Orleans in an attempt to somehow imbibe their particular brand of snooze rock with the spirit of the Big Easy, but end up holding their damp squibs in a jazz funeral procession? Well maybe they should’ve given ol’ J.B. a ring beforehand.

This album is a live recording of the night members of MOJO NIXON and COWBOY MOUTH dared the former DEAD KENNEDYS front man to join ’em on stage for a set of thumping New Orleans jazz, rhythm and blues and soul classics, and J.B. took the bait, throwing in some garage for good measure.

Joining them in the fray were further members of MOJO NIXON, as well as Pepper Keenan (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and DOWN) and members of the horn sections of EGG YOLK JUBILEE and MORNING 40 FEDERATION.

The songs contained herein include ‘House of the Rising Sun’, ‘Judy in Disguise’, ‘Working in a Coalmine’ and a storming rendition of ‘Land of 1,000 Dances’ amongst the eleven strong set, and the result is like being the last fly clinging to the sweaty wall of the smoke filled band room of the 12 Bar in New Orleans.

Aside from ‘Fanny Mae’, there’s minimal trade mark Biafra social commentary or political ranting, just unadulterated Rock ‘n’ Soul, and the whole thing’s a bit like Biafra rode shotgun with the Blues Brothers and they all headed Swamp-side for a session beneath the Spanish moss and the treacle thick air of the Bayou.