New York City’s own DADDY LONG LEGS brought their brand of blues infused rock to The Sultan Room last week to celebrate the release of their latest album, Street Sermons (due out 3/17 on Yep Roc Records). The venue could barely contain them as they ripped through a smoking set of songs that were primal, raw, bluesy, and had the intensity of a Sunday morning sermon with a fiery preacher who happens to also play a mean harmonica.
The rough and tumble songs that are soon to be found on Sermon perfectly reflect the sights and sounds, and even general mood of NYC over the past couple years. Produced by Oakley Munson of the Black Lips, the DDL’s can make you feel their “Nightmare” while also wanting to throw on your boogie shoes and dance. Same for “Silver Satin” “when you find yourself wakin’ up in Coney Island, ‘at the bottom of the bottle of Jack ‘o Diamonds’ where ‘you ain’t feelin’ no pain.” You can relate to every word while at the same time wanting to get down, and their delivery just drives that point home. By set’s end, Daddy Long Legs himself was in the crowd, down on the floor wailing on his harmonica in a set closer that even made this non-smoker feel like I needed a cigarette.
First up was Brower who like DLL play some straight up, old school rock ‘n roll. Songs like their recently released single “Where Is the Magic?” showcased their fun, jangly 70’s power-pop sensibilities on guitar but also those smooth as honey vocal harmonies. But that’s not to say it was all sugary sweet as they too rocked a set that had some ripping guitar, pounding drums and enough showmanship to rival any band from the glorious glam rock days.
Street Sermons is available for Pre-order now on vinyl, CD and as a digital album, so head over to DADDY LONG LEGS’ Bandcamp page now and wear your Sunday best—church is about to begin.
Scroll down for pics of the show (photos by Kevin McGann)
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