devil makes three

While their own press release describes them as “punky vintage American backporch blues,” there’s a lot more to Santa Cruz’s The Devil Makes Three than a blues band. This three-piece manages to blend the grace of acoustic music with the energy of a rock band. They will play this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16th and 17th, at The Independent, presented by KPIG.

[audio:] The Devil Makes Three – “Old Number Seven

Because they play a breed of American music that most indie circuits are not used to, the descriptions are particularly amusing to read. Songs:Illinois described the sound as “gypsy-folk, pirate-camp and whiskey-whore,” and SF Weekly opted for a slightly more clean cut explanation of “a sound that combines bluegrass, old-time music, folk, rockabilly, and Piedmont blues and ragtime, all played with a blazing punk-rock attitude.” Nevertheless, this is the type of band you don’t get to see live very often.

The band strives to be “an acoustic band but to play our shows like a rock show,” which should hopefully make for an entertaining couple of nights. And with the apt choice of Or, The Whale (for Friday’s show) and Emily Jane White (for Saturday’s show) to play with, we can at the very least appreciate good taste in openers.

The Devil Makes Three’s self-titled debut record is out now on Milan Records. Both shows start at 9pm and cost $15.