City Slang: Weekly music review roundup

Dec 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

Remember – if you send it, it will get reviewed. That’s the City Slang promise. It doesn’t matter what genre the music is – as long as it has a Metro Detroit connection, it’ll get in. Preferably, we’d like to concentrate on new releases but, while we’re getting warmed up here, feel free to send back catalog material too. Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, City Slang, Metro Times, 733, St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 46226. Email MP3s and streaming links to [email protected].

The Mike Leslie Band’s self-titled EP features cover art obviously inspired by the likes of Gary Grimshaw – the psychedelic, Hendrixy art from the ‘60s Grande era. That suggests the band have some cool influences, which is great, but the five songs on here are far too clean, too nice, to really remind of those golden days. Having said that, the Mike Leslie Band is a quality bar band, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Nick Pivot’s A Guy, A Guitar & a Cheap Can of Beer features a song called “Fuck You, I’m From Detroit”, which includes the line “I’ve got a bunch of burned out buildings and dead bodies to exploit.” For that alone, he gets infinite props. That’s just fucking awesome. Pivot goes on to explain that we don’t wear fancy clothes here, because we’re not build for designer labels and snobby bullshit. We wear jeans and t-shirts. It’s just a great anthem. There’s some cool outlaw country on the rest of the disc, but that song should be a classic. You hear that, world? Fuck you.

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