The Devil Makes Three – Chains Are Broken (album review)

by Woody on August 30, 2018

Photo By Jay Westcott

Growing old isn’t easy. For a band that was born on the ethos of thumbing their nose at the norms, that challenge can even more daunting. Built on the strength of their tours and early staples such as The Plank and Old Number Seven, the trio of Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino, and Cooper McBean built a loyal, almost cult-like, following that spread across a disparate cross of people. But how much longer can you keep that going without growing bored and looking for new challenges.

For their sixth full-length, they blended something completely new and something completely true to their form. The new was inviting their touring drummer, Stefan Amidon to be part of the proceedings. The true to form aspect was mining their love of literature to create their songs. As Bernhard says, “I always want our songs to unfold like short stories.”

New producer, Ted Hutt was brought in and overall, he gave the proceedings a kick in the ass. Chains Are Broken is rock album, that’s connected to their ramshackle Americana ways. Pray For Rain blends that that classic sound with the turbo of Amidon’s drumming. Sure to be foot-stomping favorite during their shows, praying for rain is the change that we’re all hoping for these days. Deep Down is another track to get the hips swaying as the protagonist sings of his duplicitous life, while coming to the grips that he’s a “terrible man.” Paint My Face feels fresh as the band kicks off a 60s British rock vibe.

As the quote says, “Time waits for no man,” but DM3 is keeping it real as they move into year 16 of being a band. And as good as DM3 in on vinyl, their cult following was built on their live shows. Make it point to seeing them at least once in your life.

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The Devil Makes Three is here

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