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Dornbirn, Vorarlberg, Austria

Dornbirn, Vorarlberg, Austria
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2010 NEW CD `Bad Taste of Life ` by Part Records

2005 CD + LP `My Lifestyle `

2004 CD `Rockin`



contemporary backbeat music, rockabilly and punk 'n' roll

Andy Feurstein, guit, voc,
Bernie Miller, upright bass
David Karlinger, drums, harp

1979 isn't really a year that jumps out at you when you think of rock 'n' roll. Billy Joel cleaned up at the Grammy Awards, and George Benson and
Al Jarreau were celebrating their prizes, as was Willie Nelson, a young Apache chief...
1979 was however also the year that saw the release of Runaway Boys, the first hit single by the Stray Cats. And the legendary Stray Cats are where you have to start if you want to get a sense of the 79ers, these 3 likable and tireless "rednecks" (relax, it's only their hairstyles...) from Austria.
Because the Cats are for the 79ers what Eddie Cochran was for the Stray Cats. At that time Andy, Bernie and David were still swimming around in the primordial soup, but it was the their shared enthusiasm for the backbeat and lifestyle of the 50ers which in 2002 drove the 79ers together to form a band. And just as the Stray Cats set off a wave of enthusiasm among like-minded fans at the time, the 79ers keep on whipping up the spirit of the Cats, bearing aloft and carrying forward the Rockabilly Olympic torch.

There can be no doubt that these guys know their craft: numerous appearances at scene festivals at home and abroad have won them plaudits, and touring with bands like the Comets, Slim Jim Phantom, Reverend Horton Heat and - better known this side of the pond - the Boss Hoss attests to the trio's quality.

However, if it wasn't for their exceptional spirit and refined craftsmanship, the 79ers would be just one rockabilly band amongst many. These boys sure have the look! David Karlinger brings the coolness of Gene Krupa to the skins, Andy Feurstein has the charm of the King and the fire of Brian Setzer, and Bernie the bassist is the Outlaw, as driven and as fast as Billy the Kid.
Even though they are staunch Rockabillies the 3 musicians remain incredibly open, which is exactly the quality that helped the Stray Cats break out into the big time. They aren't scared of swamping skillful hillbilly fingerpicking with big fat guitar sound, disrespectful as this may seem. Nor do they shy away from introducing the occasional New Orleans-inspired second line beat, which also indicates the respect they have for the legendary rhythm 'n' bluesmen. But an instant later Bernie's bass is again rattling and rumbling at full tilt, David is hammering out a backbeat that is as straight as a pin, and Andy's guitar is whooping and yowling in good old Stray Cats style - and it goes on until you're fit to drop.
There's no getting round the fact that the 79ers love their music. The songs are fun, you just have to be careful not to step on the gas when you're driving - and if, when you're zipping through their new album, it doesn't at least get your big toe going, then you should make sure that someone hasn't nailed your coffin shut... The songs bristle with intensity, catchy hooks and great riffs. They are stories about life, sometimes seen from the sunny side, sometimes not.
Timeless music with drive. And the 79ers do it all with effortless ease, filling the here and now with rockabilly spirit. It's great that their new album has come out in 2009, exactly 30 years after the release of Runaway Boys!!!
Alfred Vogel, Berlin, June 09