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Album Reviews: Rip-snortin' drunk on gin, the Shuteye Train is on a midnight ride from today's mistakes to tomorrow's misadventures, and it makes for some pretty good songs. The Kent trio comprises clean-cut rockabilly guys -- on the album's cover, singer-guitarist Clint Covey brandishes a cigarette, jeans cuffed, with no visible tattoos. Lefty guitarist Vince Menti plays a Guild six-string as big as he is, ripping down the fretboard like Brian Setzer. Like a friendly stranger eager to share a drink in a seedy bar, Covey croons stories of loused-up love. Throughout the group's debut, sometimes he's heartbroken, and sometimes he doesn't give a damn. 'Burn Me Off Your Mind' is a smug kiss-off: 'I'm right/You're wrong/Too bad/So long.' In Shuteye's twangy rendition of the Ramones' 'Blitzkrieg Bop,' Covey becomes the first guy to sing 'shoot him in the back now' like a cowboy. Watch him ride. By D.X. Ferris Cleveland Scene Magazine March 16, 2005 ----------------- Mix one part Buddy Holly, one part The Clash and one part The Ventures, shake over ice and serve with a garnish of Johnny Cash. This might make for an odd drink, but it makes for incredible rockabilly. Rock and Roll With The Shuteye Train is a truly fascinating look at the fusion of Rock and Roll, Country and Surf. Coming in at just under 33 minutes, Shuteye Train really know how to pack a punch. Despite the slightly deceptive moniker of Rockabilly, they run through a host of genres and constantly push out a sound comparable to that of Power Pop. Their arrangement really helps to fuel their sound. Thick, trebly electric guitar wrangles just this side of control with a fever. Acoustic guitar fills the harmonies and defines the boundaries of the electric. Finally, a meaty double bass fills the gap left by the guitars and acts as the entire rhythm section in this drummer-less three piece. Covering love, loss and pretty much everything in between, The Shuteye Train shows they are more than just another band on a bandwagon. If you're a fan of things less than mainstream, every song is a keeper. Not much is left to the imagination, as the lyrics lay it down heavy and clear. The highlight is definitely their cover of The Ramone's Blitzkreig Bop, which you might confuse for a deleted Buddy Holly single. While the connection to the original is there, The Shuteye Train really do an amazing job of making this one their own. Jeffrey M. Rooks DomainCleveland.com.