“With the Whiskey and Arm Wrestling EP, dirt rock merchants Backwoods Payback tinker ever so slightly with their sound. “Randy ‘The Do Gooder’ Dugan” and “Mickey Morandini” both have that sludgey swamp rock riffs that defined their full-length, Book One, but “Timegrinder” almost sounds like a Kylesa outtake at times, with its shrieked, hoarse vocals and downtuned grind. An interesting approach, although I’m more a fan of the other two songs... I’ve seen ‘em live and that’s where they shine.”
“Backwoods Payback's sound is pretty well defined – heavy southern rock with a heapin' amount of sludgey doom. Along with the usual brick-fisted bashers like “Baja 6 Pack,” “You Shittin' Me?,” and “Hates You,” the band comes up with some new tricks, like throwing some bluesy Hammond on “Brandywine” or some stoner pysch riffing on “Bastard Squad.”
Fans of Earthride ought to take notice, and that's not just because Dave Sherman pops up on the last track. Backwoods Payback has the same doom n groove qualities of that seminal band...this is definitely a keeper.”
“West Chester, Pa. based Backwoods Payback have been a hard driving, drinking, touring machine since 2003. The songs are raucous, soulful, with a bluesy Soundgardenish feel.”
“Exactly what big bearded men from Nowhere, PA would sound like: ball swinging sludge with a touch of blues. In "Mickey Morandini" they bellow "I'm a motherfucker" and "You don't wanna fuck with with me." I believe them. Bonus points for faux'70's vinyl artwork and the scariest band name ever.”
“Backwoods Payback delivers an effective mix between stoner and doom. The authentic and slightly obscure production and excellent vocals ensure that this album stands out above mediocracy. No strange things happen here, just only what you might expect in this genre. There are sure some memorable ones on this album. And its up to you, fan of Pentagram, Danzig and Spirit Caravan to discover them.”
“Here's the skinny. You like heavy doses of sludge-ridden rawk like Pentagram but feel the love really coming on when you add in a steeped-in-the-still feel of the southern backwoods, this is for you. If you come out of your chair and start the air-jamming to "You Shittin' Me" or "Baja 6 Pack," that's cool. If you feel a sublime sensation spreading over you when the ultra-cool organ washes in during "Brandywine," well that's even better. Bottom line is that if your musical tastes run anywhere from Earthride (yeah, that's Dave Sherman guesting on one song) to Clutch to Molly Hatchet, this one's a hit. And, you don't even have to be a baseball fan.”
“Backwoods Payback have the potential to make a sizable splash, and will be an easy sell to the fans of Scissorfight, Alabama Thunderpussy and Clutch.
Album highlight "Kill All Hell" sports the kind of rollicking southern boogie riff and emphatic, sing-along vocals that force critics (and listeners) to happily fall back with a big dumb grin. On "You Shittin Me?" the band uses a gnarly rough and tumble marching groove, but then pepper in sections of massive, ringing chords that change the complection of the song. They even get some vocal help from Dave Sherman (Earthride, ex-Spirit Caravan) on infectious closer "16 Penny Driven".
...the clearly enunciated crooning vocals over the bluesy material can sometimes spawn very fleeting vocal comparisons to Glenn Danzig, or more obscurely, Sean Garrison of the late, great Kinghorse. Backwoods Payback are a capable young band who've crafted a fun little album that will go a long way to scratch your itch when it comes to fuzzed out, gritty rock.”