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Maybe we should thank Jack White for taking the spirit of Blues Rock to the present age during the past 15 years and thus sharing the relevance of one of the eldest of all rock music genres. White smoothed the path for bands such as The Kills, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Deap Vally. All of them with charismatic women right at the front conquering territories between Garage, Blues, Fuzz Rock and Riot Grrrl Punk, a territory where recently a new exciting band has parked their crooked van: Velvet Two Stripes.
Their new album “Devil Dance” marks a quantum leap for Velvet Two Stripes. The band rocks a lot harder now, the riffs are bigger and sharper. This, they readily concede, might be the experience of sharing a stage and a conversation with Rival Sons shining through, a band they had long admired. At the same time, their melodies have become catchier and their richly detailed arrangements more subtle. The highlights are many. There’s the joyous rock’n’roll of “Gipsy” or “Somebody’s Fool”, but also the trickily syncopated, bitter-sweet “Chicago Sun”. The darkly beautiful “Lizard Queen” is followed by the grandiose riffing of “Madeleine”. “Sister Mercy” with its Eastern-sounding solo conjures up the ghost of Led Zeppelin. “12 o’clock Burn”, finally, brings the album to a grippingly melancholy close with a dreamy blues groove.