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Two dudes were born unto wolves deep in the ozark mountains. They fashioned guitars out of rocks and snakes. Then they rested for many days and nights. The following evening they played these crude instruments for a drunken audience. And as the saying goes, the rest is all blisters and herpes. What? No. I didn’t say herpes, I said dreams. Wait, this thing doesn’t have a backspace key? C’mon!
“Imagine that Johnny Cash grew up listening to underground punk. Put those together and you’ve got something that would sound a lot like Gas Pump Talent.” – Kevin Krauskopf, St. Joseph News-Press (Sep 15, 2011)
“All of this augments the songs at the heart of the record, music for the workaday Americans who do what they have to do to pay the bills and wait for the night’s stiff drink to leave it all behind them. The title track nails that vibe with its mix of resignation and quiet chin-up ownership of fate. Resilience is as good as gold on this album: Maybe the song’s most downtrodden song content-wise–you learn more about the downtrodding, anyway–”Ruler of the Elves,” about a boy coming to terms with not fitting in, is also its most musically upbeat, complete with handclaps and, yes, accordion.” – Chris DeRosier, Tag Magazine (Jan 11, 2011)
“The strength of the band was clearly their original songs. The sound they have created really only would work the way they deliver it, with a raw sound and very good songwriting to back it up. The best of their originals performed had to be “No Place In History” the song really epitomizes what the band is and what their strengths are.If given the opportunity to see them I would recommend it; their sound will catch you off-guard and they will be unlike any other act you will see for quite a while.” – vocals on top, vocals on top (Nov 26, 2011)
Gas Pump Talent from Springfield, MO – who describe their own sound as “stomp and holler” – showed they’ve learned to cunningly mash-up more acoustic genres than can be listed – and well. Sadly, I was out of eyesight of the stage throughout their relatively short set. Fortunately, I heard them just fine – recordBar’s sound guys consistently set a high bar. Gas Pump Talent showcased musically captivating, campfire, Ozark-styled country-crunk that had DNA speckles of Dylan, Springsteen and Waits sprinkled throughout. Their performance was infectious, often lending to an Irish folk vibe that beckoned you to order a whiskey drink, pull a chair up front, and sing along with any reoccurring stanza you heard. I recall debating their genre with some friends as we listened…this was much in vein, which always makes me happy. The Midwest consistently cultivates great bands that are hard to paint into a corner. ¡Viva Springfield!” – –Christian Anders Liljequist, The Deli (Jun 12, 2012)