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Demonophonic Blues
     

Demonophonic Blues

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by Tony C. & the Truth
 
Somewhat like the result of Tom Waits and Kid Rock sharing the stage, Tony C. & the Truth play gritty party music that resonates with individuality partly due to their lead singer's compelling and distinctive personality. DJ Prestige spins the beats that pepper this music, adding an inner-city tinge to the band's

Overview

Somewhat like the result of Tom Waits and Kid Rock sharing the stage, Tony C. & the Truth play gritty party music that resonates with individuality partly due to their lead singer's compelling and distinctive personality. DJ Prestige spins the beats that pepper this music, adding an inner-city tinge to the band's tough rock and gutsy funk. On paper it doesn't sound particularly inviting, but the production by Kyle Kelso keeps the loose edges taut and the music in the pocket. Just when you think you've figured out their angle, the bandmembers introduce an unexpected sample or a swampy power chord, twisting the sound in a different direction. The slow, gooey Southern feel of "Got It Made" takes a slide guitar and layers on chunky arena-sized guitars to detonate in an alternately gruff and subtle power ballad. Tony C.'s boomy six-pack-a-day voice recalls Omar Dykes of Omar & the Howlers, especially when he steamrolls through the ZZ Top-ish "One for the Road." The whiskey-soaked gospel groove of "No Pain" is another sudden turn and one that also works astonishingly well within the album's rather wide parameters. Speeding up the Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right (To Party)" and grinding it out like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Van Halen coming to blows makes it even more rousing than the original. "Medusa" nicks its ominous riff from Morphine's "Buena," but the approach fits perfectly with Tony C.'s crusty vocals and the addition of scratching slaps on an urban vibe. Fusing aspects of metal, hip-hop, and Southern rock, this band's unusual style is a cool combination of retro with contemporary. Their streetwise debut is an innovative, powerful, yet festive platter that explodes out of the speakers with fiery determination, offbeat style, and a wicked sense of humor.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
Label:
Lava
UPC:
0075678362521
catalogNumber:
83625

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony C. & the Truth   Primary Artist
Sophia Ramos   Background Vocals
Michael Selverne   Guitar,Soloist
Tiffany Palmer   Background Vocals
Tobias Ralph   Drums,Group Member
Kyle Kelso   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Andrew Karp   Electric Bass
Patrick Halley   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
DJ Prestige   Turntables
Jason Moscartolo   Guitar,Group Member
Chris Buono   Guitar
Professor "Louie" Hammond   Hammond Organ
John Harvey   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Group Member
Bing Liu   Violin
Tony C.   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Beastie Boys   Composer
R. Rubin   Composer
Ralph Gibson   Photo Assistance
Michael Selverne   Legal Advisor
Christina Dittmar   Art Direction
Tobias Ralph   Composer
Kyle Kelso   Composer,Producer
Jason Moscartolo   Composer
Whitney Broussard   Contributor
Giovana Casotto   Artwork
Robert Gabriel   Photo Assistance
Naomi Kukoff   Management
Tony C.   Producer

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
take that voice from everlast, with some (not much) of the rap singing and little scratching. Put megariffs and gigantic guitar sounds. Do it all with an authentic blues feeling to it, strong and emotional, yet anthemic at times. And some drops of influence of Morphine (specially in "gravity"but througout the whole album in a subtle manner. Add a little of Dave Wyndorf (Monter Magnet) cynical singing. Well, if you're not interested in the result, beware: you may be dead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's good to know there are bands out there recording such great music. There is not a bad cut on this album. For the price it's a steal! The record companies wonder why they are losing money. This album say's it all, they are promoting the wrong material.