The Devil Makes Three, Deslondes | House of Blues | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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The Devil Makes Three, Deslondes 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Oct. 30, 9:30 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 31, 9:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $22.50
This quintet from New Orleans serve up a gumbolike melange of roots styles on their eponymous debut for New West Records. Each member of the Deslondes had a hand in writing the dozen songs, which only helps further diversify their mix of old-school honky-tonk, soul, rockabilly, gospel, and folk rock. Recorded in lo-fi clarity by producer Andrija Tokic, the raucous fiddles, woozy pedal steel, rough-hewn vocal harmonies, and insistent, stripped-down grooves give the tunes personality and sass. “Less Honkin’ More Tonkin’” draws its inspiration from early, burr-cut-era George Jones, when he was still cleaving to rockabilly, while “Time to Believe In” imagines Hank Williams’s “Kaw-Liga” arranged by Ennio Morricone. Singer and guitarist Sam Doores even channels the young Greenwich Village sneer of Bob Dylan on “Out on the Rise.” To their credit, the Deslondes cohesively pull it all together, and their lovely, crackled veneer provides atmosphere rather than attitude.
— Peter Margasak



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