With their debut album recently hitting the shelves, Down and Outlaws have thrown down the gauntlet for their future selves. Based in San Francisco, Down and Outlaws finished Above Snakes at Studio 606 with a grueling weeklong session of slightly warm beer and stale Doritos. Which isn’t very filling, but somehow the music sustains you. These boys are loud, brash and unapologetic, but with music like this, you don’t need to be.
The album gets going with “Roll That Stone” and keeps the tempo at neck break for “I Don’t Care (I don’t care)” all the way through “Fever” and “Obsession. In fact, things don’t slow down until “Way She Rolls,” which is the sixth track in (out of ten)
Since getting started in 2012, Peter and Chris Danzig along with Kyle Luck and Jon Carr have been fine-tuning a dirty blues, almost punk sound, and have had a lot of success doing it. Above Snakes, which is apparently an old west term meaning still alive, leaves you wanting for nothing. It’s rock and roll in its truest form.
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