So, I came up with the idea to feature a band of the past every weekend, as a way to appreciate some great music that was awfully influential, and still worth a spin, posthumously or not. Please give me some feedback if this something you, the readers, want to see.
The first band to grace this category is Seattle’s Murder City Devils. This band had members from so many other bands, such as Modest Mouse, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Big Business, and even Hole (keyboardist Leslie Hardy recorded on Hole’s 1993 release, Beautiful Son). Damn, even their roadie went on to be the roadie for Sparta and Blood Brothers!
The band’s raw energy, and mixture of big guitar rock with dark, haunting keyboard lines earned them a spot in my heart of hearts. Spencer Moody’s vocals are slurred like a drunken sailor, but sung with such emotion and strength that it intoxicates the listener’s ears. You can even smell the whiskey in the speakers. Sadly, Murder City Devils broke up in 2001 to take on other projects, and played only a handful (maybe only two) of reunion shows, most recently in July ’06. Though they put out more than one release, the one that really shines for me is 2000’s In Name and Blood. The recording quality is impeccable, and the mastered sound is huge! I recommend listening to these songs on the highway, or if you’re downing a 40. Anyone down for Steel Reserve?
– Nicholas J.