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Nashville Pussy: Up The Dosage

Bawdy Southern rockers aim for pole position

Unashamed party animals, Nashville Pussy haven't sounded this strong since debut album Let Them Eat Pussyin 1998.

Atlanta’s fiery four-piece clearly don’t give a damn, they’re just doing what comes naturally — and that means pulling together references from Motorhead, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith and Skynyrd, alongside a huge dose of redneck attitude, while never losing their ribald sense of humour. It’s obvious on Everybody’s Fault But Mine, which owes something to Mountain, and carries on through the Motorhead-fuelled Rub It To Death and Spent.

They then hook up the trailer to the ZZ Top snout for Beginning Of The End before getting countrified for ,Tray For Cocaine, Hooray For Tennessee. This is Skynyrd with tongues in cheek, while Pillbilly Blues hitches a ride to an AC/DC groove circa Let There Be Rock, and Pussy’s Not A Dirty Word could belong in the Aerosmith box. Yep, this is loud American rock’n’roll, with no frills, no regrets.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.