Snakes and Devils
Reviewed by Eric Gebhardt
not entirely sure where to start... I'll say this... This record
is great, buy it. as i sit here listening to snakes and devils,
drinking a PBR, i'm struck with the realisation that all of this
punk rock blues experimentation in recent years has finally been
Any purist should be able to appreciate the fantastic guitar playing
of the great Andres Roots. He plays as authentic as the mississippi
river delta its self. you can argue that some of the riffs have
been 'borrowed' from ancient blues tunes, but hasn't 'borrowing'
been a staple in the blues since W.C. Handy heard the old man in
the train station. Andres plays with a soul that feels to be as
old as the music he's playing behind a rythm section that reminds
me of tom waits 'bone machine' at times.
Alar Kriisa, any punk rock blues kid should be able to appreciate
his gruff vocals. He sounds like Leon Redbone piss drunk and fronting
an Alice Cooper cover band and this is a good thing, a very good
thing. The lyrics ramble shamlessly like Dylan, but later-day Dylan,
'Love and Theft' dDylan, which, again, is a good thing, a very good
I can't think of any songs to point out. They are all great. The
only bad song on the album is 'Legacy Blues' - only because the
lyrics fall a bit short when compared to every other song on the
album - but to be the worst song on a great album still means it
sits far above the rest of us in the tower of song, just maybe not
all the way up there with 'ole Hank.
Again, buy this album. Tell your friends to buy this album. Do the
world a favor for a change. Buy it and send it to family for Christmas.
I will be a supporter of this band until the day i die, long after
they break up because one of 'em drinks too much.
Sample tracks here:
the album electronically from Green
for a real CD visit the band's website: