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Album Review

This live album begins with an MC calling the Flat Duo Jets "the damndest people — two people who have more sound coming off this stage than any two people you've ever seen in your life." For the next 50 minutes, Dexter Romweber on guitar and vocals and Crow behind the drums prove beyond a doubt that the host for the evening wasn't talking through his hat — this is roots rock at its most raw, primal, and alive, and Two Headed Cow captures the joyous low-tech roar of the Flat Duo Jets with impressive accuracy. This album is the soundtrack to a long gestating documentary about the band (directed by Tony Gayton, who gave the Flat Duo Jets an early showcase in his film Athens, GA: Inside/Out), and the liner notes offer next to no information about these recordings — while they appear to be live tapes (an audience is often audible), Gayton either doesn't know or isn't telling when or where the show (or shows) took place. But that isn't half as important as the music, and on that score Two Headed Cow delivers the goods in style. Romweber's guitar throws rockabilly, blues, jazz, and country styles into a big aural blender, filters the broth through a no-frills/pure-energy punk rock mindset, and pumps the results through a big amp that lets the glorious din ring like fuzzy church bells, and Crow's frantic but rock-solid drumming pushes the music forward while keeping the songs on the rails at the same time. And while covers dominate this disc (as they did at a typical Flat Duo Jets show), when Dex and Crow finish playing "Rock House," "Hoy Hoy," "Rockin' Bones," and "Frog Went a Courtin'," they don't sound much like anyone else's property. Two Headed Cow arrives close to ten years after Flat Duo Jets called it a day, and the fire and fun of this disc are a potent reminder of what a loss that was, as well as what a singular talent Dexter Romweber truly is. Dig it.

Customer Reviews

Gag me w/ the intro!!!

Crow,where did you go;-...( Some cool tracks here!!!

It's Ort on the intro!

Ort on the mike for the intro! I really miss Athens. Duo Jets are amazing! Memories. Drunken, blurry, smokey memories.........

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Retro-rockabilly maniacs Flat Duo Jets paired singer/guitarist Dexter Romweber and drummer Chris "Crow" Smith; though based throughout much of their career in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the duo first gained widespread exposure appearing live in the 1986 music documentary Athens, GA: Inside/Out. Despite critical acclaim, they did not issue their self-titled debut LP until 1990, resurfacing a year later with Go Go Harlem Baby. Indie label stalwarts throughout the course of records including 1992's...
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