Ukiah Drag, “Her Royal Grip”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 07.15.14 in Listen to This

Recorded by ex-Men member Ben Greenberg in a giant Lutheran temple in Hudson, New York, the new record from Rhode Island-based doomsayers Ukiah Drag is 40 minutes of shadow and squall full of tar-covered guitars playing dark variants on swamp blues. It’s as if the Birthday Party situated themselves in the American South and absorbed its music and history. You can hear some of that in “Her Royal Grip.” Frontman ZZ Ramirez sings with a snide drawl and the guitars bend and bow like some odd demonic take on country music.