Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Deadstring Brothers are forging their own imprint far removed from anything remotely close to what we’ve been conditioned to expect from the Motor City. While their hometown counterparts follow Iggy Pop’s footsteps so closely they’re practically ripping the skin off his heels, Deadstring Brothers style embraces a sound from somewhere far beyond the Wayne County line.
Starving Winter Report, Deadstring Brothers’ debut Bloodshot release, pulses with exuberant arrangements painted with the nostalgic call of the Rhodes piano, Stax-worthy horns and lonesome-prairie pedal steel. Frontman Kurt Maschke’s warm and rolling lyrics and rock chanteuse Masha Marijieh’s sultry vocals are the spine of the band; sustaining vocal harmonies so sweet and inseverable a crowbar couldn’t pry them loose. It’s an album with an undeniable flair that cries out for some big speakers, a Detroit rag top with a case of Stroh’s in the trunk, and a reason to get good and GONE.
The band has been touring steadily since the 2003 release of their debut and have shared the stage with acts ranging from Cat Power and Jesse Sykes to Giant Sand, My Morning Jacket, Drive by Truckers and the Mekons.