I credit the GIBSON BROS for being my entrÃ©e into the world of pre-WWII blues and early country, and they hit me with a wallop when I heard their debut album around 1988. They arrived in 1986-87 at the height of indie rockâ€™s fascination with noise, â€œscumrockâ€ and SST/Homestead/Touch & Go heavy punk rock. Somehow this roots-reverent band was quickly grasped to the bosom of budding – mostly east coast – scenesters , likely due to their ’86 debut 7â€ EP â€œKeepersâ€, which weâ€™re posting for you today, and their ’87 LP â€œBig Pine Boogieâ€â€™s (which is pictured here) loose-limbed Cramps-style primitivism and heavily reverbed, cranked-up guitars. The records have been seemingly lost to time, and criminally remain out of print and unavailable on CD. Their sound had a fantastic front porch feel to it, like no oneâ€™s taking the whole thing particularly seriously, and thereâ€™s a big bucket of beers beckoning nearby for consumption when the setâ€™s wrapped up. Guitarists Don Howland, Jeff Evans and Dan Dow and drummer Ellen Hoover took their cues from the pantheon of rough-hewn American genius, from shambling Bo Diddley thumping, deep-South country a la Charlie Feathers, and pre-WWII delta blues giants like Skip James and Charley Patton. Trouser Press generously called it â€œintentional amateurismâ€, which perhaps bestows musical abilities on the band they hadnâ€™t yet earned. But you wonâ€™t care.