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The Drive-By Truckers kick so much ass it's not even funny

Discussion in 'Kayo Dot' started by The Dope, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. The Dope

    The Dope Hi.

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    Gekko and I just got back from seeing their set tonight at Hampden-Sydney in their tiny old gym and man did they rule. I've been a fan for several years now and bought the live DVD back in the fall, but seeing them play solidified their position as one of my all-time favorite bands. What an amazing group of songwriters and performers. For my money, there isn't a better band playing "traditional" rock music today.

    I was kind of like this guy for a while.:yow: And then I was like this guy. :headbang: And thinking back on it now, I'm kind of like this guy. :dopey:

    And for the record, Gekko was mostly this guy :headbang: with a little bit of :zombie: and :Smug: mixed in for good measure.





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  2. gekko

    gekko Much less calm than you

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    yeah, that pretty much covers it. Basically they were my gods for about 2 hours. They also played the longest encore I've ever seen. It was like 5 songs long, which was pretty fucking cool.
     
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    ChromeLife askew

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    Birmingham is one of the best songs eva. DBT are super rad.
     
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    Hmmmm I own Southern Rock Opera and wasn't that impressed...is it just that album, the difference between live and studio, help a brotha out
     
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    gekko Much less calm than you

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    Well I like Southern Rock Opera from what I've heard of it, although The Dirty South is the album that really got me into them. Above all of it though, they were fucking great live. Awesome show. I think that you really have to be into that Southern Rock sound to love them. If the twang isn't your thing I can understand not digging it so much.
     
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    0sm0se Mr. Negativity

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    HAHAHAHAHAH! DRUUUUUUUUNK!
     
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    0sm0se Mr. Negativity

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    Seriosuly cuple beers and they are soomuch sweeter!
     
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    mindspell vvv Jake's ass vvv

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    Lizard is a Gov't Mule and Allman Bros. fan so I don't think liking the whole Southern rock thing is an issue.
     
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    gekko Much less calm than you

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    Well then I dunno. Tastes vary, is I guess all I can say.
     
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    Basically I think derek trucks is a god in human form
     
  11. The Dope

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    Southern Rock Opera was the first of theirs I bought back whenever it came out, and it took me a few listens to really get into their sound, but I soon developed a great appreciation for what they are trying to do with that album, in spite of whatever flaws it might possess. Plus a few of my favorite DBT songs come off of that album. After that, I had a much easier time getting into both Decoration Day and The Dirty South when each of those albums came out. SRO is a very interesting and ambitious album with several really catchy songs and a few that take some work to get used to, but I'd say that you might enjoy Decoration Day a bit more, and certainly The Dirty South, which is their best-realized attempt so far.

    I think it's important to mention that they experienced a slight but significant transformation between SRO and DD, mainly due to the addition of 3rd guitarist/vocalist Jason Isbell to the lineup, of whom I have nothing but great things to say and whose contribution to the band is unquestionably beneficial, having written and sung some of the best songs on the past two albums. Not to mention that his presence in the band's live show is nothing short of phenomenal.

    Which brings me to the question of studio vs. live. As someone who enjoys the studio albums quite a bit, it's difficult for me to say whether somebody who isn't as much of a fan of the albums might enjoy the live show more, but I'd guess that it's likely. Their performance is so intense and engrossing and they manage to make such a connection to the audience that I'd have a hard time believing that somebody with even a passing interest in the whole southern-rock thing wouldn't find at least some aspect of the show moving.

    And watching them play in a small old gym at a very traditional southern college in the middle of nowhere while surrounded by good-ol'-boys in the making definitely didn't hurt the atmosphere. I can imagine that their appeal beyond just their music and aesthetic approach (their typical thematic elements, back-stories, allusions, and overall tone - basically the substance beneath the surface image) might not be so strong in settings less sympathetic or accustomed to these topics. But to me, the sheer power and authenticity in the stories revealed in some of their songs affect me on a personal level. For instance the song "Sinkhole" from Decoration Day hits me harder than most, as it captures the sickening fear and disgust at the idea of losing the family farm better than I could probably do myself, and "Zip City" from SRO (disc 1) is possibly the most accurate portrayal of the adolescent mind of a small-town southern male I've ever heard. Any band that can write witty, clever, and thoughtful songs about the trials and tribulations of life growing up in the rural south with one eye toward the past and one toward modernity, all the while maintaining a distinctly self-conscious view of all of its inherent absurdity yet still coming off as an entirely serious artistic endeavor (and throw in some rock-solid riffs, triple-guitar attack soloing, and deep-fried southern melodic sensibility for good measure), is a band for me.
     

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