The Deadstring Brothers' heart beats with pure rock and roll. Simple and shor 'nuff. Built on a the unshakable foundations of blues, rock country and soul, DSB manages to create something at once totally fresh but totally recognizable. It's all ragtops and cold beer, seeds and stems, gatefold LPs and foxy girlfriends with tight, flared jeans.
From the classic rock echoes that hang heavy like the reefer smoke in the rafters of Detroit's Cobo Hall, to the soul reflected in the alleys and small faces of London's Heavy Load scene to the exile off Main Street, or sweating buckets at a Muscle Shoals recording session in the 70's or kicking a musician-in-the-round session at a Nashville watering hole, few bands channel the sonic groove generated at the headwaters of our rock and roll DNA like Deadstring Brothers.
They know that rock and roll is both disease and redemption, penalty and reward, intoxicant and hangover. They know that a powerhouse hook exhilarates even as you're getting kicked in the heart. The Brothers, in their leather boots and frayed jeans, tenaciously trudge through the oil slick puddles of a dying city, the hard light splitting into prismatic rainbows, finding beauty in decay.
Fronted by guitarist/vocalist and studio magician Kurt Marschke, the Brothers pound out a sound that, in comparison to so much lo-fi indie rock, is full and rich and sounds GREAT blasting out your car window.
- "If You Want Me To" and "Smile" live on No One Got Hurt: Bloodshot 15th Anniversary @ The Hideout Block Party
- "Where Are All My Friends?" from For A Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records
- Video for "Sacred Heart" on the DVD Bloodied But Unbowed: Bloodshot Records' Life In The Trenches