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The Screamin' Devilles- S/t EP

November 9, 2004

The Screamin’ Devilles- S/t EP

Best Feature: Very retro sound.

Genre: 80’s rock/rockabilly


Record Label: N/a

The Screamin’ Devilles are definitely one unique band in this day and age. Their sound grabs every bit of the “rock” attitude seen in the 1980s and brings it back into the mainstream. This band definitely sounds like they have a lot of fun with their music, as there’s a little bit of everything in their music.

Some songs pay tribute to 80’s rockabilly bands like the Stray Cats through hybrid rock/swing melodies accompanied by a saxophone; other songs have the traditional “big rock” feel (think Bon Jovi, Def Leppard). It is quick and upbeat, as was typical of the era that their music borrows from.

The only problem is that instead of modernizing the sound, the music is outmoded and will likely not appeal to audiences who are too young to remember the big rock sound of the 80s, or those whose tastes have changed over the years. Nevertheless, The Screamin’ Devilles certainly have a lot of energy and this record is a fine effort.

-Andrea Goodwin

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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