JUGGERNAUGHT best described themselves when they said that they were “a band of hairy, whiskey guzzlin’, guitar slingin’ men who play hairy, whiskey guzzlin’, guitar slingin’ music”. Their latest, and rawly titled, Bring the Meat Back, is full of the attitude we came to expect after listening to the wonderful spit that was 2009’s Act of Goat.
The opener, ‘Bad Idea’, expresses how universal music genres have become. This South African band could easily command a stage in a Lousiana swamp with Hell’s Angel bikers, wasted locals, mosquitos and alligators in attendance. It’s more than a True Blood stereotype. It’s a damn dirty sounding brand of Southern Rock that mixes balls, sex, stoner and blues throughout.
The lyrics in ‘Train’ sing, “Down the hole of a gravedigger and the rancid womb of a whore. I guess you could say that I belonged to the devil ever since the day I was born.” Here and elsewhere, the band are unapologetic, seemingly stating that we should never apologize for who we are in this crazy world where the rich and politicians eat the rest of us (yeah, the band have special hatred for politicians). It’s by no means a sombre album. In the slower riffed, ‘Backdoor Woman’, lyrics such as, “Don’t want to love you like a fat man loves his pie,” are sure to make you chuckle. They may be the only band in the world to call a song ‘Wors’ which is the most popular sausage for braaing (barbequing) in South Africa.
Another highlight is the title track whose video is bound to make vegans scream and non-vegans laugh.
JUGGERNAUGHT’s Bring the Meat Back is best listened to with moonshine in your belly.
As a bonus, check out this riparse video for ‘My Daddy’s Land’ from their debut album: