The Devil Makes Three (from the album Chains are Broken available on New West Records)
Independent for The Devil Makes Three meant establishing themselves with their audience from their beginnings in Santa Cruz, California in 2002. The songs are directed to as well as about the audience as much as the stories reflect the band’s outlook on life spent on the road. On their recent release, Chains are Broken, The Devil Makes Three, beef up the busking of core trio, Pete Bernhard (guitar), Lucia Turino (upright bass), and Cooper McBean (guitar/banjo) by bringing in touring drummer Stefan Amidon, filling in the sound with powerful grooves in the title track as “Chains Are Broken” weaves down the highway on a raggedy rhythm. A country rhythm backs the twang building “Castles” as the beat pounds the ground to “Pray for Rain” with choral harmonies and hopes for wet weather.
Recorded at Sonic Ranch Studio in El Paso, Texas with Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly) producing, Chains Are Broken is the first album of original material for The Devil Make Three since 2103. Guitar jangle forms into sharp chord stabs as war looms on the horizon of “Paint My Face” while Tex-Mex soundtracks the noir moods of “All is Quiet” and rock’n’roll strums up a “Bad Idea” as The Devil Makes Three wave a sad goodbye in “Curtains Rise” and confess it is never about the winning with “Need to Lose”.
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