This week’s GLONO video feature stars Detroit’s Deadstring Brothers, recorded live in Chicago last winter. Recently signed to Bloodshot Records, the band is making a name for itself with gritty, explosive live shows and an album that gives more than a passing nod to everyone’s favorite Glimmer Twin party.
Mick Jagger sometimes complains that people want the Stones to relive their past; that they can’t get away from what so many consider the Golden Age of the Greatest Band on Earth’s catalog. I can understand his frustration as an artist at being tied forever to en era 30 years past. Well, he doesn’t have to do it. There’s a group of longhairs from Detroit more than willing to lap in the debauched luxury of Exile on Main Street. Ladies and Gentlemen: the Deadstring Brothers!
Your first listen to the band’s new album Starving Winter Report might leave you a bit confused: What year is it? Where am I? Is that weed I smell? Relax. Detroit bands are comfortable in the past and are the perfect guides on a trip through your favorite records. Let’s have a picnic with the Flying Burrito Brothers. Maybe a nap with Marlon Brando, Pocahontas, and Neil Young? Have you met the new guy, Bobby Gillespie?
The Deadstring Brothers know them all, and know them well. The production might be a bit glossy, but the songs and the mood are vintage ragweed and patched jeans. Here we present the band live at Schubas in Chicago last winter. Kick back, have a toke, and make eyes at the hippy chick in the corner.
Catch the Deadstring Brothers with Cracklin’ Moth at the Hideout in Chicago on June 24.