Scott “Chopper” Franklin has had a storied career working with the likes of The Cramps, Spahn Ranch, The Mau Maus, and Wanda Jackson, along with cultivating the hellbilly style of bands like Heathen Apostles, Phantom of the Black Hills, and more under his Ratchet Blade Records imprint. Now, he has revealed the first single from his forthcoming album, Spaghetti Western Dub No. 1, which sees him further pushing genre boundaries infusing dub/reggae stylings into the arid and evocative soundscapes of Spaghetti Western inspired alt. country; with Heathen Apostles’ Mather Louth on vocals, “The Scorpion Says DUB” offers the first taste of the album’s sound, showcasing the inspiration of The Clash, Public Image Limited, and Bad Brains with heavy bass and resonant echos. The accompanying lyric video features footage from Death Rides a Horse (Da Uomo a Uomo – literally translated to “From Man to Man”), directed by Gilulio Petroni in 1967, starring Lee Van Cleef, and scored by Ennio Morricone; the film is currently in the public domain. Produced and mixed by Chopper Franklin, Spaghetti Western Dub No. 1 is due to arrive on January 27, 2024 via Ratchet Blade Records; also appearing on the album will be members of Phantom of the Black Hills.
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