Though the Willowz
's music has appeared on the soundtracks to Michel Gondry's thoughtful tear-jerkers the Science of Sleep
and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
, it's Dazed and Confused
that comes to mind when sampling the tracks from their new album Chautauqua
. Though the band has been tagged as garage-revivalists and began life with a punkier edge, its current offering is so mid-´70s you'd expect the disc to come packaged in corduroy. Aero-Zeppelin guitars, shag carpet-coated bass, and stompy, tom-heavy drums provide a raucous backdrop for vocalist/guitarist Richie Follin, who sounds like Steve Marriott singing with his nose pinched. Though riffage reigns supreme on Chautauqua
, the mellower tracks recall the acoustic blues of the Stones' Beggars Banquet
, encouraging you to slip off your boogie shoes for a bit.
Tonight's headliner, the Detroit Cobras, take its retrospection one step further, with a repertoire consisting almost exclusively of obscure '60s covers of the girl-group and R&B variety. A notoriously smokin' live act, the band is a more polished (but equally vitriolic) femme cousin to Oakland's Harold Ray Live in Concert.