What does it sound like?:
Daddy Long Legs are misnamed. They are a garage punk/blues band determined to hit the stage hard, get the audience spinning and drink the place dry before disappearing into the night. There is nothing fragile or delicate about them. They make a racket like an alley cat; nimble with sharp claws and teeth, they squeal, hiss and howl. A threesome, Brian Hurd on hollering, unwashed harmonica and guitar, Murat Akturk slide and fuzz guitar and Josh Styles drums and junk percussion, Lowdown Ways is their third and best album to date. JD McPherson helps out on bass and produces with his mate, Jimmy Sutton, to capture their wild, feral sound.
All twelve tracks are originals and they breeze by in well under forty minutes. They are created by the streaming generation with the whole of Rock ‘n’ Roll history at their fingertips, able to flick from Howlin’ Wolf to Dr. Feelgood and Jon Spencer in seconds. They have no qualms about melding musical styles, such as singing a Delta Blues to a Rockabilly beat, topped off with a greasy riff. Lyrically, it’s all about life on the wrong side of the tracks and wheeling and dealing to get by today, for, tomorrow, we die. They’d hustle their grandmother for just one more beer. The only vaguely romantic number, Célaphine, sets the scene by stating, “she’s no angel and I’m no saint.” With song titles such as Bad Neighbourhood, Winners Circle, Glad Rag Ball and Wrong Side Of The River you can fill in the gaps.
They look the part, too, swaggering in their crushed velvet suits and bootlace ties, they are the very picture of arrogant youth.
Lowdown Ways is a storming album driven by the stomp of a cowboy boot and led by growling vocals and a grimy harp. It’s raw, raucous and a lot of fun. God bless ’em.
What does it all *mean*?
Lowdown Ways is a thoroughly modern album. It could only have been made in the 21st Century even though it sounds as though it arrived in a time capsule from the fifties.
Goes well with…
Cuban heels, sawdust, spit and a crate of Bud.
Might suit people who like…
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.