Review: The Riverboat Gamblers

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The Riverboat Gamblers
“Something to Crow About”
(Gearhead Records)

Not since “Veni Vidi Vicious” has a band created this sound so well. The Riverboat Gamblers are tighter than a Tupperware container. On their latest the Gamblers have surpassed all their previous efforts by creating a disc where every song is better than the last, even when it is repeating in the CD player. Like a never ending upward spiral. ¬†On “Save You” Teko says “You’ve got the rhythm, but you’ve got no soul.” That line sums up why The Gamblers are so good and a lot of their peers are not.

The Gamblers definitely have rhythm and soul and know where to disperse it. And if all that wasn’t enough to convince you to buy their CD, then maybe the fact that their bass player, Patrick Lillard, had his front teeth broken at a recent show in San Francisco. The remainder of their tour had to be canceled so Lillard could get reconstructive surgery. A flying mic is the culprit and search parties have been sent to find the dirty bastard. All but one tooth was saved, but due to the pain and swelling The Gamblers decided to cancel their remaining dates and let Lillard heal up.

Their live shows have been touted as one of the wildest shows any band puts on anywhere. Their label came up with 30 percent when asked how many shows end with a band member in the emergency room. So if not for the amazing sounds, than for Lillard and his ruined modeling career. The Riverboat Gamblers need your support and they fucking deserve it.