Saturday, November 23, 2013

Flat Duo Jets

Flat Duo Jets were a peel-the-paint-off-the-walls bloozy rocknroll punk band from Chapel Hill, NC and later Athens, Georgia. Singer/guitarist Dexter Romweber and drummer Chris "Crow" Smith were an anomaly in the 80's and 90's with their rowdy Buddy Holly and Carl Perkins on amphetamines sound, but their music was an obvious influence on the early 2000's garage rock revival that came later, led by The White Stripes and The Black Keys.  Flat Duo Jets had more in common with the North Mississippi blues men of the time,  R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, and later the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion than anything else going on around them.

they were known as an extraordinary live band,  relentless in their search for pure rocknroll goodness.  here are a couple of interesting archival clips that give a glimpse into these performances.

here is a full live performance from '96. the sound quality is acceptable at best, but it's nevertheless a pretty compelling performance

here's a documentary on Dexter Romweber and his journey with the Flat Duo jets and his struggles afterwards.

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