CD REVIEW: From the Headache to the Heartacheby The Confusionaires

Getting out of the darkness with a vicious edge that goes well beyond its mad electric guitar prowess, “I Got a Heart” feels like the biggest statement song on the new album From the Headache to the Heartache from The Confusionaires, which makes it all the more an obvious choice for the record’s lead single. With enough swing to knock over a concrete block, this track and its music video are a good sampling of what you can expect to get out of From the Headache to the Heartache, which is definitely one of the more in-your-face rockabilly/blues hybrids I’ve heard in a while. 


Beyond the single, there’s actually a lot of depth to the tracklist here, starting off with the slick-pickin’ “Many Miles to Go,” smoothly melodic “I Ain’t Goin’ Home With You” and the laid back “One Less Cowboy Out on the Range.” In each of the twelve songs here, we get a lot of multidimensional expressiveness that is never limited to the vocal, strings or percussion exclusively – with a intersecting components that occasionally verge on producing a sonic hurricane, dizzying numbers like “I Like Cars!” and the rollicking “Blue Enough for Two” deliver collective clobbering more than they ever do singular songcraft. 

With that said, I love how well the guitars guide the grooves forward in “Look at Me Now,” the aforementioned “I Got a Heart,” “Sour Mash,” spindly “Crazy is Just What I Do” and “Romantic Mystery.” They’re never tasked with too grand a weight for their aesthetical capacity here, but all the same, the six-string is given a lion’s share of the spotlight in moments like “Side Dish,” if for no other reason than to take us back in time to an era of fuzzy amplifiers and fearless beats that are simply impossible to come by anymore. 


I didn’t know anything about The Confusionaires before getting into From the Headache to the Heartache this October, but I can see where they could build a really strong cult following in the United States as well as they have up in Canada. A product of northern blue-collar band ethics and a desire to break away from the timid mainstream rock model too many alternative acts have been embracing in the last five years, this is a group that I would expect to hear a lot of quality material from in the years to come based on what I’ve heard here. 

Bethany Page

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