At the risk of allowing things to become too mellow in here, I have brought you The Devil's Own. Two parts Uncle Tupelo and one part Two Cow Garage, this Oakland-based band is poised to storm the spotlight.
It's not for lack of trying, according to the band's rather lengthy biography. In spite of opening for Two Cow -- as well as I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, Haha Tonka, Scott H. Biram, etc. etc. -- the lineup has only just become stable enough for the band to put out an album.
Graces & Eights is worth the wait, though. These four songs (particularly the opener, "Blues Are Comin'") pack a punch and demonstrate frontman Pissed Pissedofferson's versatility. The band's got skill and it's got enough pluck to have gotten this far. Here's hoping we hear more from them soon.
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