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Friday, December 14, 2012

The Downbeat 5 - Smoke & Mirrors

The Downbeat 5 - Smoke & Mirrors
In flac - Scans are included
Come On Now * Army Of One * Think About Me * Laughing Out Loud * Foggy Notion * Number One * Thief Of Baghdad * Don't Come Cryin' * Rack My Mind * Outcast * My Way * Shake 

Boston's The Downbeat 5 have been around for nine years. Since founding members JJ Rassler and Jenn D'Angora both have careers in the music industry but not as musicians, only two studio albums have been released. Their third release, Smoke & Mirrors is an unedited recording from an in studio performance with 100+ since it was more practical then getting recording equipment into a bar. On Smoke & Mirrors, The Downbeat 5 not only succeed, but bring those garage rock songs into bar room glory. I seriously doubt if there's a better way to appreciate those songs. Also, The Downbeat 5 are essentially a live band. Although their two studio recordings, The Downbeat 5 and Victory Motel are great and have some real surprises like "Dum Dum Ditty" or The Shangri Las "Out In The Streets," the real power of this band is in their live performance. There aren't too many bands out there that can stand equal to them for a live show.
Special Thanx to Limburg for this great contribution


Pep Sonic said...

Very good. Thankx a lot RatBoy and Limburg. All the best.

jes said...

JJ Rassler has played with DMZ (before Pkomonoman had the LYRES)