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White Boy and the Average Rat Band Self titled Heaven and Hell Records Album review

White Boy and the Average Rat Band

Self titled

Heaven and Hell Records

Album review by Allyson Kingsley Music Journalist with Boston Rock Radio


There are some albums that open your eyes wide, tickle your eardrums and make you say “WOAH!”  White Boy and the Average Rat Band blew me away with their raw live- sounding production.  This is truly a rediscovery of untapped creativity that has been hidden for far too long.


Originally formed in 1979 in Richlands, Virginia they had released their L.P. in the very early 80s. If you're a fan of Black Sabbath, Motorhead or early Judas Priest you will absolutely adore this record. It has been reissued as of October 20th by Heaven and Hell Records and is limited to 500 copies worldwide (which will hopefully become more).  It contains 5 bonus tracks on the CD version as well as a booklet with liner notes by lyricist/ lead guitarist/ vocalist Mike Markey. Darrell Gibson on bass guitar and drummer Jerry “Hog" Hogeston complete the trio for this exquisite and dynamic hard rockin reissue.


“Neon Warriors” has a kickass drum intro and Mr. Matney’s vocals hearken to Ozzy Osbourne,  very smooth, crystal clear with that notable edge. The ripping guitar work is amazing.  For “Maybe I'm a Fool" all I could think was “OMFG Motorhead!”  There are not too many bands that can capture that badass down and dirty rock n’ roll sound. Songs such as “The Prophet Song" and “Will to Fight" have immense power and energy whereby the band’s heart and soul were indisputably poured in.  Scorching 70s style guitar shredding on “Leaving Tonight on Vacation" was immense.  “Blue Moon" reminded me of a hot summer night of visiting obscure blues/jazz clubs in New Orleans and being transfixed by the whirlwind grooves.  “Tell Someone" has this classic early punk rock vibe.


I can't bring to expound on how surprisingly stunned and impressed I was by this recording. White Boy and the Average Rat Band are performing 2 live dates in Massachusetts as shown below. I can only imagine the astounding feeling at their performance.






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