Hail Mary by St. Dallas and the Sinners begins with an ode to the favorite beer of the state of Illinois, “Old Style.” This song is more punk than rockabilly, but it is a good way to kick off the album. It is followed by “Right Hand Sam.” This is where you start to hear the rockabilly influence. Only if you’re looking for something that sounds like Stray Cats, you’ll have to keep looking. This is more like rockabilly if it incorporated harmonica and was performed by Nashville Pussy or American Dog. Don’t get me wrong. The rockabilly and psychobilly influence is definitely there in the sound (listen to that bass in “Shake, Rumble,and Quake”), and even more so in the theme with songs about drinking, fighting, demons, and hot rods. And check out these lyrics from “Rockabilly Demon:” ”She’ll put a pedal to the metal with a four-inch heel, one hand on the bottle and one hand on the wheel.” How is that for rockabilly songwriting?
If you’re looking for a pure rockabilly or psychobilly album, this isn’t it although it does incorporate fair amounts of both. I think a better term for this band’s sound is punkabilly. Still, if you want an album that will (in the words of Supersuckers) “rock your ass,” this is a good one to add to your collection.