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The Bad Testament from Scott H Biram

By Jake Tully

Apocalyptic and imperturbable all the same, Scott H. Biram has consistently sounded like the harbinger of portentous winds and meet streets that spell a changing landscape. The Bad Testament is no departure from Biram’s career of cow-punk-honky-tonk jack tales, yet this time around trouble seems to really be a-brewing.

The Bad Testament is less religiously allegorical than purporting some importance on a personal level, though Biram melds the two together quite well. “Still Around” is a war whoop from a self-appointed patron saint for a plot of land deemed worthy of township. Similarly, “True Religion” brings a feeling of a tent revival tinged with an underlying soupcon of wrath.

Biram need only to ensnare his listener for one track to get them hooked for the entire ride. Though Testament is a journey in totality, one can easily jump in for a vignette or two and find them just as accessible as the record as a whole.

Biram’s bewilderment with the realm of the holy exclude him from some vitriol on the personal level, “Swift Driftin’ ” is as downright damning as the fire and brimstone conjured up on the other cuts from the record. Ornery, loaded, and beguiling, The Bad Testament is Biram’s latest kiss off and impervious warm embrace all the same.

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Jake Tully

Jake Tully

Based out of the San Fernando Valley, Jake is a LA transplant who is fascinated with the history and continuation of the Americana scene in Southern California. After moving down to the area to pursue a degree in Journalism from CSUN, Jake has found seemingly countless opportunities to find new music in the Greater Los Angeles area and the friendly disposition of the folks interested in the music. Jake enjoys going out in the field and chronicling the culture surrounding festivals and shows dedicated to keeping country music alive, but finds just as much solace in taking an evening to sit back and letting his vinyl collection wash over him. He believes there is a still a great deal of explanation to be done in order to help explain the divide between pop country and the bonafide music, and has made it one of his goals to entertain this notion through his writing.
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