Leigh MichaelMonday,4 November 2013

The Snap:

The Devil Makes Three released their fifth studio album, I’m A Stranger Here, on 29 October. You can purchase it on iTunes. The folk punk band is also kicking off a tour all over the USA — as a group that is most famous for its live performances, it’s worth it to shell out the money for a ticket if they’re playing near you.

The Download: 

NPR called them “Acoustic roots music with a relentless beat in mind at all times.”

This captures the essence of The Devil Makes Three with elegant simplicity. They are, at the core, an acoustic folk band. But every member – Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino and Cooper McBean – adds a raw element to the collaboration that verges on rock ‘n roll, or even punk. In essence, they are almost creating an entirely new genre in of itself.

It’s this energy that makes them such a spectacle to see live. They cavort across the stage; they rip into their instruments with such ferocity that you think that might burst into pieces. They are, in every sense of the word, performers.

Spinning Like a Top” has the kind of lyrics that you might expect to hear in an old backwoods pub. It’s a great track, but it’s even better when you hear it live. The trio seems to get its energy from the crowd; and without the symphonic shouts and cheers from the audience, every song on the album feels like it’s lacking something. That’s not to say that the I’m A Stranger Here is bad – or even disappointing. The Devil Makes Three is just a band that should be seen live. When you take their music out of the stage setting and into the studio, it’s always going to morph into something slightly different.

Hand Back Down,” “Mr. Midnight” and “A Moment’s Rest” are a few other noteworthy tracks. But it’s “Hallelu,” which you can watch below, that really caught my attention.

If you like folksy tunes with a jolt of energy, then you need to get this album. And if you really like that kind of thing, do yourself a favor and go see them live. It’s worth it.

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Hat Tips:

The Devil Makes Three, Paste, New West Records, Image Credit: Flickr

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