Dirty Deuce has released “Bruised,” the follow-up to 333, released back in 2016. The ten-track album rocks throughout with the tasty cacophony of noise that is Dirty Deuce. As the saying goes, if it’s Bruised, it’s gonna leave a mark!
The Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin-based group are: Reverend Rob Atwood, guitars, vocals; Jamey Clark, drums; Greg Rotiek, bass; David Passow, harmonica; and Matt Ostlund, saxophone.
“Bruised is ten tracks of hard driving Blues/Rock ‘n Roll, start to finish. This is old-school rock with a modern take, an all-original tour de force and they own it. They bill themselves as “The Musical Mathematicians of Rock -n-Roll Religion”. Their “all in” approach to Blues/Rock music has created some devout followers, plus carved out a niche in music scenes all over the Midwest. They are, unquestionably, a band apart, world- class musicians on a mission to entertain.” – BLUES HIGHWAY
Song-By-Song Listing and Description of the Tracks on Bruised
“Call It What You Will”: A PMA song (positive mental attitude).
“Agree To Disagree”: Tale of the truths about male-female relationships.
“Bruised:” Do you have a safe word?
“Psychological Judo:” A song about the fiery hoops that you wan-tingly leap through.
“Lean Back Cadillac:” A 1970’s B-Movie seen through the eyes of a song.
“Shake Well (Featuring Pat McDonald):” A tribute to our good friend Pat McDonald (of Timbuk 3 and Purgatory Hill renown).
“One Crazy Summer:” An ode to the significant other that doesn’t exist.
“Appreciate Your Soul:” Specifically written for our fans.
“You Might:” A ‘maybe’ love song.
“Kiss Ass Love Song:” True story of ill-fated love.
Thy Dirty Deuce…Some Background
‘Reverend’ Rob Atwood and Jamey ‘J-Dirt’ Clark each boasted solid musical resumes before creating Dirty Deuce. In 1996 front-man Atwood formed The Probers, whom he toured with through 2004. Among that band’s claim(s) to fame: a performance at the House of Blues in Chicago that was one of the first-ever live Internet broadcasts (by the MTV2 network); and their song “Who’s Your Daddy” being featured in a 2003 MLB Playoffs series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox (Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez became known for using the phrase after striking out opposing players). Drummer Jamey Clark has played with Clyde Stubblefield (the original funky drummer with James Brown), “Godfather of Austin Blues” W.C. Clark, Pat MacDonald (Timbuk 3) and Jane Wiedlen (Go-Go’s) among others. Aforementioned Dirty Deuce members Passow, Rotiek, and Ostlund were added more recently.
The Dirty Deuce sound has been described as rock-tinged alt-country with a strong melodic base, as heard on such tracks as “100 Years” and “Body Is A Temple”. You might also hear such varied influences ranging from 70’s Brit rock greats T. Rex, to that famed ‘Little Old Band From Texas,’ ZZ Top.
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