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Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol


“Our catalog has never been short on big dumb riffs, but the idea on this record was to really turn the screw,” says RBBP bassist Aaron Metzdorf. On Big Dumb Riffs, that screw is cranked incredibly tight.

“We just wanted ‘the part’: The opening of Pantera’s ‘Primal Concrete Sledge’, the breakdown in Primus’ ‘Pudding Time’ — the shit that makes you move and lose your mind. Just that part the whole time.”

Across 11 concise, taut songs — most clocking in around 2 minutes or less — Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol demonstrates their skillful ability to blend the merciless low end of Leo Lydon’s 8-string guitar, Aaron Metzdorf’s masterful chordwork on the bass, and Sean St.Germain’s driving drumming.

Hot on the heels of their breakout 5th studio release Doom Wop (2023), Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol returns with Big Dumb Riffs: A whole new variant of the fuzzed out, overdriven, melodic, groovy music they have been making since 2016. While Big Dumb Riffs is decidedly more aggressive and rhythmic, it still retains the overtly melodic feel of Doom Wop. But Leo Lydon’s vocals are considerably more angry and negative (song titles like “1-800-EAT-SHIT” and “Body Bag” should be a clue.)

“The whole writing process was, ‘what if we just played two notes the whole song’,” Metzdorf says. “‘What if we tuned down to almost unusable string tension?’, ‘what if we write a record that will make everyone say ‘wow that is dumb’? Leo and I really move around on stage a lot. Being a dingus is crucial to the groove. All these riffs were designed to allow us to act bigger and dumber on stage.”

Big Dumb Riffs will be available for streaming and download on March 22, 2024. LP to follow in late Spring.

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  • Track Premiere: Getting Big and Dumb and Eating Sh*t with Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol

    By Kevin Stewart-Panko [Decibel] Austin, TX-based power trio Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol sound just about as big and dumb as their moniker would imply. They’re also as ridiculously awesome as their big, dumb moniker would imply. Since 2017 or thereabouts, vocalist and eight-string slinger Leo Lydon, bassist Aaron Metzdorf and drummer Sean St.Germain have been churning out […]

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    [echoes and dust] Big Dumb Riffs by Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol on the web:Website | Bandcamp |Release date: March 22, 2024Label: Permanent Teeth By Geoff Topley  I’m sure there’s a reason or back story as to how Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol decided on their name. If you can get over the daft moniker, the good news is that Big […]

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