Shaky Deville - Shaky Deville
Shaky Deville is the kind of band you don't let play at your house party if you care about what happens to the fancy shit on your walls. Their latest CD cranks out a winning mix that combines early Kings Of Leon (when they were still channeling AC/DC through southern rock) the catchiness of The Hold Steady-meets-Pearl Jam. They go from punk all the way to ZZ Top-worthy barroom boogies all within this 7-track disc.
The vocals have a guttery swagger that sounds at home on top of the muscular drums and guitars. Nowadays there are so many genres and labels and sub-genres and buzzwords trying to pin down music as "emo" or "alternative" or "grind-core" or whatever they come up with next. But sometimes there's some rock music that can and should only be filed under "ass-kickin" and Shakey Deville certainly qualifies.
It's certainly not for the faint of heart, but not too raunchy for most average rock fans. The distinctive vocal stylings and solid musicianship are certainly memorable enough to overcome the occasional shortcomings in the songwriting. Not every album has to be Sgt. Pepper or Dark Side of the Moon. Sometimes it's enough to just have fun, turn it up, and rock out.
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