Two guitars and a stand-up bass provide the vintage foundation of The Devil Makes Three’s eclectic rhythm and easy vocals. While the trio pairs American blues with rock, and dabbles in elements of both folk and country, the outcome is something unexpected entirely.
On DMT’s re-released eponymous album, the musicians succeed in appealing to a wide audience. They range from classic blues in “Ten Feet Tall” to alt rock with “For My Family.” Avoiding repetition, DMT knows how to feed a hungry listener by squeezing out fresh pacing and varying harmonies from track to track.
The band started with frontman Pete Bernhard mixing his blues influences with guitarist Cooper McBean’s taste for country. The two relocated to the Golden State, where they picked up UC-Santa Cruz student Lucia Turino. McBean and Bernhard entrusted her with a stand-up bass, despite her former lack of training. It doesn’t show here—Turino turns out to be the band’s backbone, making the absence of a drummer all the more enticing.
DMT sparks atomic energy and rhythmic beats with the simplicity of three basic instruments. You’ll find yourself itching for more. (Megan McLean)
The Devil Makes Three plays the Loft, Friday, June 20, at 9 PM. $8.