Deadstring Brothers: São Paulo

~ Monday, 17 August 2009
Detroit's Deadstring Brothers are a million miles away from the Motown sound that the city is famed for, instead they play dirty blues infused rock 'n' roll with more than a nod to The Rolling Stones. Front man Kurt Marschke sounds uncannily like a cross between Exile On Main Street era Jagger and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie.

There is nothing original about this record, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. This could have been released 30 years ago and feels a bit like an old friend that you have not seen for a while. Opener São Paulo is a blues soaked slide workout with a country tinge and some dark lyrics. ('Feel my end lord is growin close. Smell of death in my nose. Life's desires I done left them for, São Paulo.')

The band wear their influences on their sleeve. Along side the Stones, there is The Faces and even The Band in the mix and these are evident on tracks like The River Song and It's A Shame. The arrangements are excellent. The guitars riffing on layers of Hammond organ while the unmistakable sound of a pedal steel sitting there in the background. Excellent stuff.

The later half of the album has a more countrified feel to it with the brilliant Yesterday's Style being the outstanding track of the album with the lilting Always A Friend Of Mine being not far behind.

This album was my first encounter with this band, but I'll definitely be checking out their back catalogue. This is good music, plain and simple. Sometimes that is just what we need.

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