The Firing Squad For God (1987)
The Roots Of The Q’s New Wave Blues
I used to see these guys in the late 70s when they were playing Southern dives like The Buffalo Roadhouse. They were a guaranteed riot back in the day and The Firing Squad For God – a 12″ EP with 5 tracks of hellfire blues & Beefheartian weirdness recorded between 1982 & 1987 – was a return to that early, manic form. The title track features thinly disguised audio tapes of Nixonian TV Evangelist/Tithe Collector Robert Tilton (“If Newsweek calls, say I’m in a meetin‘”). The lead guitar/harmonica duet near the end are from another world. Angular guitars are all over the place. Some of the imagery is pure theatre. A 15 minute blast of the Pool Q’s as a stripped down new wave/blues combo, echoing their debut 1979 single, “Rat Bait.” Fun. A vinyl rip, as its never been on CD.
The Firing Squad for God (4:41)
El Presidenté (1:53)
Working in the Nut Plant (4:58)