• Hammond and drummer Philip Peeples anchor these songs in Texas red clay, and guitar player Ken Bethea unleashes compact, eloquent riffs. He’s one of alt-country’s unsung guitar players, with a talent for mimicking vocal melodies and teasing them into solos.

    — Washington Post
  • From the first frenetic chord of Miller's incredible rich and raucous songs, one finds that these guys flat-out rock…pioneers in songwriting flair, wit and energy.

    — Riverfront Times
  • The genuine texas-brewed sweat that pours from their bodies would make even Jones and Strummer green.

    — Austin Chronicle
Hometown: 
Dallas, TX

Since the thrilling, almost-like-a-dream rocket launch time of their first record,they've been on stages that are bigger than the whole clubs they used to play in.  We even saw them on the big screen as the band playing when that Grade A Lunkhead Vince Vaughn stood up the fetching Jennifer Aniston in The Break Up. (What in god's name was he thinking?--oh yeah, he's a lunkhead...)With so much water under the bridge, and so much time passed, it's not only easy to take what the 97's are doing for granted, but easy to forget how radical and riotous they were at the time.  They perfected a template and have had no real relevant usurpers to their throne.

 

 

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