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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Soledad Brothers, The Sugars, The Horrors @ the Spitz 01/03/2006

The Horrors will have to excuse me for my honesty and straight-forwardness but they were the most pretentious and uninspiring band I’ve seen live since the dreadful Division Of Laura Lee in Barcelona a few year back. When your looks and poses primarily drive your music, you end up with a horror circus like this one.

The Sugars, who followed, at least matched their name’s concept music-wise. 50s looking, female dominated power-trio playing stripped-down, basic, mellow and safe rock n roll. Nothing exceptional but a band worthy checking out live if you have the chance.

With a name taken from the Black Panthers and a logo nicked from the legendary MC5, Soledad Brothers hail from Detroit and blend the most authentic of past sounds to produce the most passionate and arresting rockin tunes of today.

They have been enjoying a lot of publicity lately and unlike many of their famed contemporaries, they are worth it.

Their fascinating cultural identity encapsulates everything from the primitive blues of John Lee Hooker to the intensity of garage punk, the rough edge of the Rolling Stones and the writings of the black-rights activist, George Jackson.

“Rhythm is the purest way to make someone feel better, physically or headwise,” says lead singer and guitarist Johnny Walker and the ones who were at the Spitz this Wednesday know what he is talking about.

Along with The Dirtbombs, the best bands from Detroit I guess.

Some photos again for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to reproduce. I would appreciate it if you mentioned the source.


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