"Bughouse 5, besides being noted for their deadpan humor, are undoubtedly one of the best live acts in the Northwest. Their to-the-floorboard style incorporates blues, soul and more than a single dose of electrified rockabilly; it all culminates in a crawling-on-your-belly-on-a-liquor-soaked-floor-, trying-to-reach-that-light-at-the-end-of-the-smoky-tunnel, kind of down-and-dirty roadhouse sound. And, yes, there truly is a light that never goes out."
The Rocket, Seattle, WA
"Unless your band is a white-hot bundle of talent, you have a supreme confidence in your ability to wow a crowd, and your fan base is large and loyal, you don't want Bughouse 5 opening for you... They have all the tangible and intangible qualities that separate the good bands from the great ones - including superb songwriting, brought together by a bone-rattling rhythm section (drummer Taylor Little and bassist Jeremy Holmes), a scorching guitarist (Scott Smith) and a big-voiced frontman with the on-stage charisma of three top-notch Vegas crooners (Butch Murphy)."
The Rocket, Seattle, WA
"(Bull Mercury) ranges from the swinging blues-rock of "Trouble Baby" to the country twang of "It's Not Too Late" to the shuffling rockabilly of "Drinking With the Legends", the latter inspired by Murphy's having downed a few with the likes of the late, great Country Dick Montana and the just plain great Dave Alvin."
The Georgia Strait, Vancouver, BC
"Bughouse 5 is a great local band that has successfully captured the energy and variety of their reknowned live show on their fourth CD. While steeped in the influences of rockabillly, blues and roots-rock, these thirteen all-original songs stand on their own as well crafted pieces. Its heartening to hear a band that can still contribute new and viable music to these time-honoured genres, without sounding like a retro re-hash... these are four guys who just love to make music, and on this CD it shows."
The Loop, Vancouver, BC
"If Bughouse 5 Is going to break out to a bigger audience this is the record (Bull Mercury) that can do It. The album features the driving "Francie Nolan`s Blues",The Wilson Picket Influenced ,"Save a Soul" and the tex mex tinged "It`s Not Too Late...."
Stuart Derdyn - The Province Vancouver, BC
"With songwriting talent like this, they should hit the
big time soon"
Blue Suede News, Seattle, WA
"They swing, they rock, they get an entire room on its
The Province, Vancouver, BC
"This Canadian quartet knows exactly what it's doing,
steering its way through rockabilly, blues, and country without ever spinning its
wheels. They are roots musicians who refuse to be curbed by old-fashioned
rules of authenticity"
Williamette Weekly, Portland OR
"Even as cities anre turning away from live music in favor
of DJ's, Bughouse Five still pack 'em in and cause a stir with their
fine live show and roots rock songs."
Fast Foreward, Calgary, Alta.
"They have an ease about them as they glide from rockabilly
to Blasters inspired ballads. Butch Murphy has the best set
of lungs in Canadian roots/rockabilly"
Calgary Strait, Calgary, Alta.
"For our money, The Blasters were the best roots rock
band in the eighties. It's good to see Bughouse Five pick up where
the Alvin Brothers left off"
Winnipeg Sun, Winnipeg, MB
"The band is at ease with songs that range from pure rockabilly
to plain blues; The lines between the songs are blurred and blended until
it becomes at last just flat out rock and roll"
The Grindstone, Los Angeles, CA
"Whoa yeah! Hang in there boys you got it goin'
Blues Scene Quarterly, Winnipeg, MB