CD REVIEW: Shaky DeVille - Hot Asphalt
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"Mosh Pit Madness"
"Deep in your grill"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST -
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Punk, Celtic Rock, Hard Rock
Sounds Like: Dropkick Murphy’s, AC/DC, Rancid, The Pogues
Technical Grade: 9/10
Weakness: More Solo Guitar, Replace Stand-up Bass with Electric
Nashville based Power Trio Shaky Deville release their latest CD entitled Hot Asphalt in 2011.
The CD explodes in your face with intro piece “Come out ye Black & Tan” a hard hitting intro piece that hits hard with its thrashing folksy punk rock rhythms, thunderous guitar chords & psychotic punk rock groove. Track 2 delivers more of the same raw intensity with “Hot Asphalt” an aggressive follow up piece that serves up methodical intro, aggressive style & no holds barred lyrical content. Track 3 “MVT” shifts gears a bit with its dynamic ebb & flow that whips you around like a wild tornado, with melodic guitar & dynamic vocal intensity from lead singer Matt DeVille. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Social Distortion, The Clash, The Pogues, Rancid to old school AC/DC, Suicidal Tendencies & Black Flag. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane power driven punk CD. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals are gritty & are deep in your grill, & the guitar playing is hot to the touch. Make no bones about it – this is total mosh pit madness. The songs themselves are reckless & packed to the hilt with mob hit intensity & lyrical content straight from the streets. Matt DeVille’s vocal style works extremely well with respect to this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery that reminds me allot of Brian Johnson (AC/DC). I might add his timing is spot on, & his guitar playing definitely holds & his vocal intensity will make your head spin. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer intensity; note for note & song for song. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From rocking “Tornado” & “You Had it Good” to dynamic “Charity” to grooving “Prayers” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. A few of the songs let it all hang out like with red hot intensity like “Let’s Roll” & “Black Jack Red.” The CD ends with "Red Sultan", the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
It’s hard to find any noticeable weaknesses with this CD. Here’s one - I wish there were more ripping guitar solos on the CD like the one on Track 10. Also not a fan of the stand up bass in this rocked out format. Take my advice - find some tall Irish greaser, give him a Fender Bass & call him Murph.
The latest CD from Shaky DeVille is a solid & consistent debut CD from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. No doubt these guys are a total riot to check out live in the back clubs of Nashville. The music is dirty, but rock solid, heavy & consistent. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD packs a powerful punch, & goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up. Like a 1-2 punch the song keep coming at you, one after the other until you’re ready to tap out. The messages are intense & straight from the streets of Philly & may cause your ears to bleed. Overall the debut CD from Shaky DeVille packs a powerful punch, & takes no prisoners. You want profanity, you want a bloody nose, you want mosh pit madness, you want high octane rock that's in your face for 45 minutes - look no further you found Shaky DeVille.