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The Deadly Snakes
Ode To Joy (In The Red)

By: Cam Lindsay

While the success of the garage rock revival might be thanks to bands tapping into the fierce influences of The Stooges and MC5, acts like The White Stripes, The Soledad Brothers and The Deadly Snakes make the scene worth investigating and cherishing for more than a couple of weeks. Hailing from Toronto, The Deadly Snakes search deep within their souls to find their music. Exerting the blues the way acts like The Sonics and Them did almost 40 odd years ago, The Snakes sweat, spit, bleed and shit rock 'n' roll. Ode To Joy sees the six-piece get up to back alley shenanigans ("I Can't Sleep At Night"), preach the gospel of love ("Playboys"), attempt bluegrass with flying colors ("Oh My Bride") and teach a lesson in bitter break ups ("I'm Leaving You"). With hints of The Birthday Party to help add gasoline to the fire (check "Burn Down The Valley" and "Mutiny & Lonesome Blues" for carbon copy examples), The Deadly Snakes are the most fun dirty, swamp-infested blues-rock can get. Ode To Joy speaks the truth.
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