Over the past five or so years, there's been a renewed interest from indie rockers, punks, and other assorted rockers in roots music, country and the blues. I can vividly remember hopping from bar to bar in the Lower East Side and East Village on the night of Johnny Cash's death -- who knew so many skinny hipsters considered themselves hard-boiled "Cash men?"
What's that got to do with Jersey City's Darren Deicide? Well, a little, but ultimately, not all that much. While Deicide comes from a punk rock background (he was formerly the vocalist/guitarist for Hopeless Dregs of Humanity) his solo stuff sounds like someone applying the ethics and values of punk rock to front-porch, gather 'round, hootin' and hollerin' blues-stomp -- in other words, it feels natural, not like musical chameleon-ship. His latest release, Temptation and the Taboo, Part 1, is a concept album of sorts, about -- you guessed it -- temptation and taboo, among other things.