"The audience was divided.
Those who believed they knew what they liked apparently only liked what they knew and soon left to safety.
Those remaining were a breed apart whom no theatre owners could anticipate or manipulate, and so they were denied credence.
The stage, shunned by the light of the days and years that passed was played upon defiantly night after night after night.
Critics rambled their misconceptions and socialites mocked a lack of acceptance, whilst the curious held their seats for as long as their nerves could stand.
Yet more was amiss. No heroes arose from the cast (not even the reluctant kind), taunting villains only were they.
The score had a life of it's own, it's course manic and it's lulls sinister. Choreography, tricks-of-light, puppeteers...in fact any means by which to coax some broader appeal...all ignored and uninvited.
As the curtain fell it occurred that this had been no act, or even one of the common attempts at such.
As life mimics art, all that it had resembled it was not.
The whole program had been plotted and staged by the players themselves. Enthralled and entertained they left the stage refuting encore, to triumphantly haunt the backstages of obscurity".
On release, initially on CD, this was The Hangmens fifth studio album. They had also already completed two US tours, a separate Canadian/US tour and played across Europe and the UK extensively, activities which escalated still further to promote this album.
Recorded in a brief break from gigging before they set out on the road again it was well received and a vinyl edition soon followed.
The LP featuring a gatefold sleeve and complimentary 12" picture disc bonus single which had an alternate lyrics version of Bad Blood as the A-Side (soon to be released on the 'Exhumed & Groomed' rarities collection) though the vinyl LP did not include the original version contained here.
Ironically Spring Heeled Jack, probably the least characteristic track on the album due to being a quiet uplifting score (yet in keeping with the 'surprise' factor) despite it's grim lyricism - enjoyed some small success as a single (different recording to the album track here) which was aired on national radio and supported by a UK/European tour - during which the band rarely played the song if they didn't feel like it!
The album artwork was themed around their interests in grotesque theatre, and featured Punch & Judy, Lon Chaney and the Grande Guignol!
Incredible new album from England's top Psychobilly band...rates right up there with the best Psycho albums!
~ Flying Saucer, Canada.
Beserk Psychobilly from a band who just get better and better! The Hangmen serve up another hefty helping of Bizarre Punk Rockabilly Madness, more sick & twisted than ever. An absolutely excellent album from what has become one of the World's best Psychobilly bands...
~ Raucous, UK.
England's top Psychobilly trio The Hangmen just toured Canada & the U.S
. and amazed crowds everywhere they went... Highly recommended!!
~ Scratch, USA.
...a foot-stomping, beer-swilling riot live - they're not called psychobillies for nothing.
~ Kerrang! Magazine.
The Hangmen occupy a strange, dark space. Imagine if The Damned, Slipknot and The Cramps met with Johnny Cash and Alice Cooper to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show on a bottle of night nurse each. The Hangmen would be the band playing in the bar afterwards.
~ Math Priest for Rhythm Magazine
...another cracker...incredible Gothic punk psychobilly
~ Rue Morgue Magazine
Violent psychobilly that breaks teeth!