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MIGHTY GHOSTS OF HEAVEN, PINE HILL HAINTS
(LaurelThirst Public House, 2958 NE Glisan) No matter how much I climb atop my soapbox and hoot 'n' holler about the haunted junkyard stomp of 'Bama's Pine Hill Haints, it probably won't make much of a difference. The band-which this music section has proudly been championing for about a half-decade now-is meant to forever lurk deep within the underground of pop music. And, I suppose, that's how it should be. Off the radar is an ideal locale for the Haints' loose rumbling amalgamation of punk rock, swampy blues, and whatever else they've unearthed from the Pine Hill Cemetery-the isolated locale where frontman Jamie Barrier first learned to play guitar. Bands that play washtub bass and look like they are fixin' to take the next boxcar out of town will never break through to the masses, which is just fine for fans of this Alabama ghost country band. The way I see it, that's just more Haints for the rest of us. EAC

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Pine Hill Haints - "Merry Widows Of Joe Cain"