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Quick hits: The Devil's Sunday Best

February 14, 2011

The Devil’s Sunday Best is a acoustic-based pop-rock band from California. Their Time Bomb EP features incredibly solid songs but lacks a cohesive flow. The band packs ska, adult alternative, rockabilly, folk and peppy guitar-pop into the release, but without meshing the genres: Each genre gets one song. And while the demo is beautifully recorded and played excellently, it’s easy to wonder what type of band The Devil’s Sunday Best actually is. The members are pretty good at all of these genres, but they don’t seem to have an idea picked out of what type of band they want to be. Thankfully, with a talented vocalist, solid musicians and songwriting chops, this band can go somewhere if it picks a genre or two and camps out. Right now it’s just a bit scattershot.

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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