Hardwire Healing-The Dexateens 

(Skybucket)

From the first note of their third album, Hardwire Healing, it might seem like Tuscaloosa's Dexateens are patterning themselves after the Drive-By Truckers. Their guitars let loose the same sort of Southern-rock boogie, and Elliott McPherson and John Smith sing with the same unapologetic twang. But don't let those similarities fool you: With more than eight years behind them, the Dexateens are their own band. "Some Things" is dirty Southern country-soul; "Downtown," a melancholic pop song that Elliott Smith could have written. The five-piece get a little goofy to make a serious point on "Neil Armstrong," and the three guitars scrap furiously with each other on "Makers Mound" and "Fyffe." What other band could sell a line like, "How's the Crimson Tide gonna cleanse me by and by?" without it sounding like fightin' words? -- Stephen Deusner

Grade: A-

Speaking of...

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Blogs

News Blog

Layoffs Again Hit Commercial Appeal Newsroom

Hungry Memphis

The Return of BreakFest

Fly On The Wall Blog

Murder Owl Wins First FOTW Spirit Animal Poll

News Blog

State to Reinstate Work Requirement for Food Stamps

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Music Video Monday: Julien Baker

From My Seat

Memphis Redbirds: 2017 PCL Champions

Tiger Blue

Tigers 48, #25 UCLA 45

Fly On The Wall Blog

Hey Memphis, Who's Your Spirit Animal?

ADVERTISEMENT

More by Stephen Deusner

  • The Rovers

    Roots-rocker Cory Chisel brings a traveling party to a historic stage.
    • Aug 15, 2013
  • The Hussy at the Hi-Tone Café

    • Aug 15, 2013
  • Endpapers

    From false starts, to dirty wars, to fairyland: the Flyer samples the books of summer.
    • Jul 11, 2013
  • More »

Readers also liked…

ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation