The Love Drunks

The Love Drunks

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For the most part, the garage rock revival of the early 21st century seemed to be more about fashion rather than the music (at least the acts that MTV and radio decided to get behind). But there were of course exceptions, such as the Atlanta quartet the Love Drunks. Whereas most of the aforementioned acts opted to study only the obvious masters (the Stooges, MC5, etc.), the Love Drunks bring a bluesy element to the proceedings, especially on their 2006 self-titled debut. Singer Patrick A. can howl and wail with the best of them, guitarist Michael Holler isn't afraid to take a slide to his strings, and the group's bassist, Chris Koby Downs, supposedly supplies upright bass from time to time (and also harmonica). While the group doesn't attempt to break any new sonic ground in the garage rock domain, they certainly have their sound and feel down, as evidenced by such tracks as "Sketch," "Riot in Haymarket Square," and "The John Hutcherson Rag." As with most releases that come by way of the Alive label, the Love Drunks put their ragged and rockin' tunes before sleek matching outfits.

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