Detroit Cobras

So, you all have taken my sage advice and downloaded the Black Keys songs, right? Cause if you didn’t, you’re missing out and I’m feeling kind of sorry for you right now…. But you can redeem yourself by trying out some Detroit Cobras. They remind me of the Black Keys stylistically, only instead of being retro-70s rock, they’re a bastard mix of stomp-rock and Motown. Seriously, and it’s awesome. The band is Rachel Nagy (vocals) and Mary Ramirez (guitar); so Nagy’s wailing like a torch singer while Ramirez punches you in the face with the guitar. It’s like listening to the Shirelles while being beaten up.

The lyrics are clever and hark back to their Motown roots but they also blend in well with the bluesy rock laid over them. “Weak Spot” and “It’s Raining” are great examples of it; you can almost see backup singers doing their Motown backup singer dance while dressed in faux-leopard vests and bottle-bleached hair (as in the video for “Cha Cha Twist,” viewed at Myspace’s video site).

It’s no surprise that the Detroit Cobras are on Bloodshot Records, which is a favorite label over here in Bon Ton land. Bloodshot has a knack for picking out really talented acts that aren’t one thing or the other — not country, not rock, not Motown, but some crazy mix of the three. The album that came out in 2005 is called “Baby,” as in, “Baby, buy this album and I’ll rock your socks off.” Hear, hear.

Detroit Cobras: Myspace | Label (Bloodshot)

[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you’d like a copy.]

Detroit Cobras – Shout Bama Lama
Detroit Cobras – Cha Cha Twist (Highly recommended!)
Detroit Cobras – It’s Raining