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The Rock Show: Life Saving Rock 'N' Roll With A Shot Of Whiskey
Posted on Tuesday, December 06 @ 07:50:24 MST by roadrash
 ShowsIf you've been wondering where all the Good Ol' Boys in Los Angeles have gone, they have found a collective voice in the riotous yet soulful music of the southern rock group The Dead Rebels. For a good 45 minutes, a visit to Thursday night's Rebels show at the Roxy might have taken one to a place where downing a bottle of Jack Daniels was just as much Angeleno as drinking a Mojito.

Life Saving Rock 'n' Roll With A Shot Of Whiskey
By Simona Supekar, Contributing Writer
Photo by Cassandra McCarthy

If you've been wondering where all the Good Ol' Boys in Los Angeles have gone, they have found a collective voice in the riotous yet soulful music of the southern rock group The Dead Rebels. For a good 45 minutes, a visit to Thursday night's Rebels show at the Roxy might have taken one to a place where downing a bottle of Jack Daniels was just as much Angeleno as drinking a Mojito. With songs like "PCH" and "Real Hollywood Ending," it's hard to believe that this group of five weren't born and raised in the City of Angels- except perhaps for the cowboy hats and raucous attitudes.

Head Rebel Lance Palmer set the tone for the evening by his clarion call of "Rock City, let's make some noise!" The crowd of mostly 20-somethings stood in awe of this band's ability to combine classic hearty riffs with an impressive modern edge. The Rebels began the evening with "PCH," a woeful tale of a trust fund lifestyle a la Southern California. They continued on to the almost bluesy and smooth-as-sarsaparilla "Real Hollywood Ending," which was more mellow and appropriately gut-wrenching. Adding to the aura of the basement band practice feel, they did a double take on their new song "CPR" and succeeded in reviving it to a fever pitch after bassist Greg Walker collected himself.

The true highlight of the set was the solo performance given by each of the other band members, demonstrating the power of the dual lead guitars that the Rebels are famous for. The riveting solos were so cohesive and mesmerizing that one could almost forget what had preceded them ... an angry and improperly mic'd Lance Palmer hurling his guitar at drummer Blake Lindley. What southern rock extravaganza would be complete without some cringing improprieties? Grab a flask of moonshine and a rocker chick (or dude) for their next show ... this ride's going to be a wild one down an unpaved road.

VISIT THE DEAD REBELS ONLINE

-SS
12/1/05
The Roxy
West Hollywood, CA

 

 
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