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Darkred / Pirate Love / The Ashleys / St. James & the Apostles
“Darkred continues the Paik-style experimentalism, albeit stripped-down. The dense soundscape and the ferocity at which it’s played amazes, particularly considering it’s only two people armed with a guitar sent through pedals and a drum kit.
The band’s basic sound is difficult to describe, but it’s different from anything you’ll likely hear now. It’s alternative, in the true sense. But instead of being an alternative to good, the duo nods its mojo at some of the greatest noise-rock innovators, including Sonic Youth, Jesus and the Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.” [Metro Times]
Pirate Love: Dirty, filthy, greasy Detroit Rock n Roll.
The Ashleys: “I think a measured amount of recklessness is a necessity for wellness, – both mental and physical.
Sweeping, sublime works of beauty and grace certainly have their place, and we all gnosh, now and again, on the guilty pleasures of pristine, sun-soaked patchworks of pretty, poppy, pirouets. But, I feel imbalanced if I go very long without being properly shaken up. Times like those: I go to Detroit duo, the Ashleys – tightly wound rhythms and maelstrom guitars, churned out in rubbery, blues-inflected roars and fuzzed out vocals blurting and howling out monosyllabic taunts. Essentially: the essence of what many perceive as “garage rock…” Whether that’s a lingering ghost or a hot-button topic in this town is for another day’s debate…” [Deep Cutz]
St. James & The Apostles got together in 2010 when guitarist Jamie Mahon, parting ways with his former band, enlisted his 2 younger cousins; Mike Kiker on organ & Jeff Castner on drums. They self-produced their first 2 LPs; ‘Baphomet’ (2012) & ‘Via Dolorosa’ (2014) using a back-to-basics approach. After a considerable amount of touring, they hooked up with producer Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo (Lauryn Hill, Fugees, Billy Joel, Urge Overkill) for their 3rd album ‘White Devil’, released October 14th, 2016.