Album review of Dex Romweber Duo: Is that You in the Blue

Album Reviews, Artists — By on July 5, 2011 11:16 am

Fans of rockabilly, roots-rock, science fiction surf-punk, or fans of just plain great music, you are in for a treat. Bloodshot Records is set to release Dex Romweber Duo: Is that you in the Blue? on July 26, 2011. The new album has fourteen tracks and is a retro-inspired cornucopia of various genres of music blended seamlessly into a cohesive work of musical art. If you haven’t heard of Dex Romweber, he is a highly acclaimed ( by his peers) underground rockabilly legend. His work as a member of the group Flat Duo Jets inspired many young musicians, including Jack White of the White Stripes. His new group the eponymous Dex Romweber Duo consists of Dex on guitar, and his sister Sara Romweber on drums. Is that You in the Blue? is the second album for the duo, with Bloodshot Records. Their sound is loose and edgy at times, while at other times it is extremely tight and mature. The sound is a product of the fine tuning and honing of an art form by a master bard in the prime of his artistic expression.

The first track on the album, “Jungle Drums,” is a romp-stompin’ rockabilly instant classic with the gritty sound of Black Flagg meeting the suave swagger of an early Carl Perkins. The raw tones of Dex’s electric guitar growl through an overdriven amplifier; supported by the rhythmic cacophony of Sara’s drumming work together to create the perfect combination of chaos and control. “Gurdjieff Girl,” the third track on the album, is a brilliant instrumental cosmic-surfabilly number reminiscent of Man or Astro Man, Dick Dale, or The Ventures. The song makes you want to grab the Silver Surfer’s space board and ride it into the middle of a mosh pit without one hair in your well greased pompadour ever losing its place. The title track of the album, “Is that You in the Blue?,” conjures up images of a dark shadow Elvis Presley crooning on a moonlight beach while ignoring throngs of beautiful women who are throwing themselves at his feet as he curses the one woman that spurns his affection. “Think of Me,” track fourteen, on the album is a slow rockabilly love song ala Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, or Richie Valens that, if played with the right woman, could see you in the back seat of your car playing a serious game of slap and tickle.

Is that You in the Blue? is retro and nostalgic without sounding trite or contrived. The Dex Romweber Duo, like many great underground/independent groups, more than likely, will never be a mainstream pop sensation, but they do make great music with soul and substance. For more information on the Dex Romweber Duo, to play samples from the new album, or find out when the tour comes to your town visit http://www.myspace.com/dexterromweberduo. Be cautioned, however, if you play this album you may be struck with the sudden urge to grab some Dapper-Dan, gas up your hot rod, roll up the sleeves of your t-shirt, and dance the night away with a cute young Betty in a poodle-skirt.

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