he Devil Makes Three A Little Bit Faster... self-released
One thing can be said with certainty about The Devil Makes Three: this twangy trio sure likes its whiskey. Lyrics drenched in booze and hard-hitting bluegrass tunes make their latest album anything but boring.
A Little Bit Longer and a Little Bit Worse, the result of a two-night show in Felton, Calif., reveals TDMT’s live appeal. The guitar, banjo and upright bass of the three core members blend as well as their personalities (they’re childhood friends from Vermont). There’s an old-time jug-band vibe punctuated by searing vocals, and guest Chojo Jacques completes the sound with his upbeat fiddling.
Standard country fare about drinking and girls is given a high-energy makeover, adding a new feel to songs from their debut album like “Shades.” “Robots” reflects the band’s down-to-earth perspective on the bullying music biz with lines like, “It’s your way or the highway, and I’m too drunk to drive.” The performance is also interspersed with foot-tapping renditions of traditionals “My Gal” (also listed as “Jug Band” in the liner notes) and “St. James,” which is given a dark and soulful spin.
If this live album is any indication of TDMT’s performances, the band’s upcoming show should make you want to get up and dance—not to mention drink. (Anne Pastore)
The Devil Makes Three opens for Hot Buttered Rum at The Other Side Thursday, July 19, at 9 PM. $12.