Detroit 7
"Detroit 7"

(Daruma Label 2009)Detroit 7 - Detroit 7

First of all, Detroit 7 aren't from Detroit, and there aren't seven members in the band. They're Japanese, and there are three. This is the band's first American release. The first thing I noticed while listening is the vocals. They're very strange, but cool. Honestly, I really wasn't sure if the vocalist was male or female at first. She's female, and her name is Tomomi Nabana. One thing is for sure, you'll never be bored with the vocals on this record. She keeps it fresh and interesting throughout. This chick doesn't only belt out the vox, she also plays guitar for the band. And she kicks ass at it. This band is putting out better garage rock than most American bands I've heard lately.

The first two tracks on the album are garage as you can get throughout. Relentless fuzzy guitar, pounding bass from Nobuaki Kotajima and heavy drum work by Miyoko Yamaguchi. The third track, "Fatman Blues," begins with a more danceable beat and bassline, however it still keeps the rock in tow. I didn't expect much from the band's cover of "Louie Louie" because so many bands have tried it out over the years, but these ladies and gentleman impressed me. Every song is hot, and you're not going to find yourself bored with any of this. The album doesn't go out with a whimper either, only with a bang. "Lovers Fight" is possibly the most hard-hitting song on the whole record.

I had a lot of fun with this CD and it's going to have a regular spot on my playlist. Now I just have to go back and find all the band's stuff that hasn't been released here in the States as of now. If you fancy yourself as a fan of the rock n' roll, do yourself a huge favor and pick this one up.


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