Fork in the Road Ep (Released Thru Bandcamp)
Detroit Rebellion aren’t from Detroit. And I don’t think they’re particularly rebellious either. But they are a cracking, dirty, bluesy rock band, and one you should familiarise yourselves post haste, possibly via their new video which we’re thrilled to be premiering for you below.
There’s two classic acronyms we (people who write about music) often get fed when we’re approached by new bands (or their press people) if they’re after coverage by us in some shape or form. They are, of course, “RIYL” & “FFO“. In case you have trouble with acronyms that’s “Recommended If You Like” & “For Fans Of”. Of course using these acronyms is a two edged sword. On the one hand if someone comes to me & says, frinstance, “hey, we sound like The Minutemen” I’m going to run straight off & listen to it because, like, The Minutemen are my favourite band. So on the face of job done, you’ve got me listening to your music. But don’t break out the bubbly yet. What you don’t know is that I listen to everything I get asked to listen too so you’ve not achieved anything you wouldn’t have achieved by not RIYL’ing or FFO’ing yet. What you have done (and herein lies the shadow side of using the aforementioned acronyms) is set me up to expect something incredible. And when I follow your link, if I find something other than incredible you’re kind of setting yourself up for a fall.
Which brings us to Detroit Rebellion. Cleverly when the band themselves approached us they avoided claiming they thought they sounded like another band by using the line “getting Jack White, Black Keys, comparisons…” followed by “but we do out own thing”. (Not “owning” the RIYL / FFO is a particularly smart ploy). So off I tootled to the links they sent. Luckily for them I’m not quite so passionate about either Jack White or Black Keys (or, deed, Nick Cave, a name their press person threw into the mix just yesterday) as I am about The Minutemen. I do like all three a lot mind. And sure enough Detroit Rebellion do indeed have overtones / undertones of Jack White, Black Keys & Nick Cave. If I had to nail it down to one I’d go for Black Keys I think, but that’s mainly because Jack White & Nick Cave are musicians in a different league to more mere mortal artists like Black Keys & Detroit Rebellion.
I probably don’t need to describe the music now do I? You probably know it’s going to be alternative dirty bluesy rock, heavy on the reverb & distortion. Detroit Rebellion do the “dirty” really well. We’re in rolling around in it territory here. Their music’s gritty Americana, a genre very much in vogue at the moment, but despite being seemingly nailed down into quiet a narrow box genre wise (by me, just) the tracks on their recently released EP demonstrate a lot of variety, from seriously stripped down, lo-fi, slower tracks to great chugging, rolling numbers (see video below -as classic a case of a track that’s over much too soon as you’re ever likely to hear). So good stuff in general & a band worth familiarising yourselves with.
As alluded to above we’re privileged enough to be able to bring you the premiere of the video for one of the tracks on the album; The Fire, Devil and Desire. It’s a cracking track & I’d probably go as far as to say it’s recommended if you like Black Keys, Jack White & Nick Cave. But only if you “like” them of course, not if you absolutely love & worship them more than any other band you’ve ever heard. No, if that’s the case then here’s some excellent gritty, bluesy rock music for you.
All words by Guy Manchester. More of Guys writing on Louder Than War can be found here.