Album review: The Woolly Bushmen 7"

The Orlando trio presents a new recording at New World this Friday.

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The Woolly Bushmen have been carving out a niche for themselves in Central Florida’s indie rock scene for the past few years with their 1960s-hued vintage rockabilly and fresh garage rock unruliness. Last year they delivered a well-regarded debut LP. This Friday finds the three-piece – Palombi brothers Simon and Julian with Jacob Miller – hosting an official Tampa release party to present a 7” recording that dropped earlier this year.

The narrator of Side A’s “I Don’t Want You” is losing his mind trying to decide if he wants his woman or wants her to get the hell away, his indecision yipped, cried and hollered over organ-driven rock grooves. “You know I never meant to put you down. But I’ll come back around,” Simon groans, then yelps a backpedal, “No I won’t! No! You treat me like your clown. Oh! I can’t take it!” His utterances twitch and fade to the track’s conclusion, as if he’s trying to convince himself, and failing. B-Side “I Gotta Know” is a harder, fast-tempo number minus the organ and plus jacked-up fuzzy guitar riffs, Simon shrieking about a woman once again in more strident outbursts that hit ragged, primal notes.

The Woolly Bushmen perform an album release party with Booker & Norton and Broke Bones this Fri., April 26, at 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City; admission is $7.

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