I love all things rockabilly/psychobilly; from the old to the new, I just love it. I found out about DiDi Deluxe and the Dirty Devils a few months ago and their latest release “Dive Bar Syndicate” just went up on iTunes and Spotify. After giving it a listen, I realized that this band was much much more than a typical psychobilly band. They go back to the roots far better than most. Whereas they aren’t strict rockabilly, they certainly do more than just flavor their music with it.
I don’t know where they recorded, but I love the sound of this album: sparse with just the right amount of reverb. The layout of the tracks seems to be thought out as well, starting with what seems to be more in the vein of traditional rockabilly, moving to more and more dark themes with a psychobilly twist. Now the musicianship is one thing that stands out in bands like this; either they’ve got it, or they don’t. They’ve got it. Upright bass, rockin’ guitar licks, and a drummer in the pocket.
Overall I’m really digging this album, sure there are a few songs I skipped, but with a 13 track album there is plenty to pick from. Not many bands are trying new things, or different things and I think they will stand out, and are standing out, because of it. If you dig Reverend Horton Heat, Zombina, or Wanda Jackson, this is for you.
Sound Quality: (4.5 / 5) Composition: (4 / 5) Musicianship: (5 / 5) Artwork: (3.5 / 5) Lyrics: (4 / 5) Average: (4.2 / 5)
You can find “Dive Bar Syndicate” on iTunes.