Southern Rock-a-billy metal is getting a name for itself, The Gutter Ghouls and The Ramblin’ Sinners just want to have a good time.

The Gutter Ghouls (Splatterhouse Records) hail from the Detroit area and have hit the road proving themselves to be a hard-working band that are practically living on the road. If you haven’t noticed yet, there is a growing trend these days among bands who seem to have a similar look, feel and style. They might play an upright bass, a banjo, mandolin, violin or an old backwoods Appalachian homemade rig.

You might think they’re horrorbilly, psychobilly, or another kind of “billy,” but more and more bands of this style are hitting the local scene with the most popular being The Goddamn Gallows and Koffin Kats. The Gutter Ghouls are all the above with a Misfits, Leftover Crack kind of vibe and a noticeable death metal, Slayer-esque kind of twist.

They are nothing if not entertaining, and the members of the band couldn’t be nicer. Particularly enjoyable is their version of “Sweet Transvestite” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show giving them a heavier sound given the nature of the genre.

Having only been a band since 2012, it’s a wonder how well The Gutter Ghouls will fare with all the other bands that are kind of doing the same thing but longer. So far, they seem to have a glowing start having played with many of the aforementioned bands already. If they come near your area, check them out, buy some of their killer merch and settle in for a rockin’ ghoulish night.

Supporting The Gutter Ghouls were locals The Ramblin’ Sinners. These guys have lurked around the South Bend/Mishawaka music scene for what seems to be ages. The core members being previous players for another local band called Knuckle Deep, The Sinners have vowed to keep that Hank III style outlaw country vibe alive and friends and locals alike will always come out to hear them play. The Sinners like to keep the whiskey flowing right.

The Gutter Ghouls:
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Originally from Southern California and currently residing in Northeastern Indiana, Alex Savage is a Senior Photojournalist on staff who has been with us exclusively since the very beginning of Naional Rock Review. Specializing in rock and Scandinavian metal, she's known for her raw and moody style of music photography.

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