The Murder City Devils are unrepentant rock & roll. Yeah, that sounds pretty simple and straightforward, but pulling it off is tougher than you think. Rock & roll has been fragmented and bastardized to the point of looking like a Faulkner family tree. Every band with a guitarist wants to claim rock & roll status, but they do so by modifying their music with various adjectives. It's always "punk" rock, or "hard" rock, or "country" rock, or "alternative" rock, or "circus" rock, or "pompous bald guy with a zip-up leather suit and vainglorious album titles who is also afraid of Britney Spears" rock. All those modifiers are really just disclaimers that let you know you're not getting rock & roll, you're getting a diluted version... More >>>
By Jennifer Patrick
The Murder City Devils are three albums deep in rock & roll, and they just keep digging deeper.