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Album Review

The third time really does seem to be the charm for Wendy Case and her latest lineup of the Paybacks — their third album, Love, Not Reason is the band's tightest, hardest, and most satisfying effort to date. Made after Case's self-confessed retreat from a longtime alcohol addiction, Love, Not Reason has a tight focus and sense of discipline that eluded her earlier work, and there's a maturity in songs like "Dumb Love," "Stranger in the House," and "Shotgunn" that demonstrates hard-won street smarts without getting in the way of her rocker's instincts; these songs are full of lessons learned but bear no regrets, and tough love drips from every pore of this music. But most importantly, Love, Not Reason rocks like nobody's business; Case's fierce, passionate vocals can caress or tear at will, she and lead player Danny Methric lock their guitars like dueling swordsmen (cue up "Painkiller" to hear some truly fierce soloing), and drummer John Hafer and bassist John Szymanski make for a hard-kicking rhythm section that drives this music like it ought to be on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Merging the swagger of hard rock, the no-compromise commitment of punk, and a very '70s sense of melodic thunder, Love, Not Reason demonstrates the Paybacks are one of the few bands on the Detroit scene whose work can stand beside that of their fabled forefathers of the Grande Ballroom era, and anyone looking for an aural dose of high energy will find it right here.

Customer Reviews

Stranger In The House

Saw them open up for Southern Culture On The Skids one Sunday night at First Avenue in Minneapolis. It felt like Friday night all over again during their set. This band kicks a**. "Stranger In The House" is an excellent tune

knock hard, only better!

Great band; amazingly (also) saw them at the same First Avenue show (as previous post); a fan since. This release is exceptional; nothing better than a great band from the Midwest, who understands the power and glory found in hard love and loud guitars.

Sound Opinions

I heard you twice on the Sound Opinions show, the LIVE in studio and Buried Treasures. I had to get this album, you guys rock, can't wait to see you in Chicago! AWESOME!


Formed: Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The Paybacks came swaggering out of Detroit at the turn of the century, when like-minded artists like the White Stripes and the Go were creeping into the rock mainstream with a similar sound. Consisting of singer/guitarist Wendy Case, drummer Pat Pantano, bassist Marc Watt, and guitarist Marco Delicato, the members had put in time in several high-profile local bands before joining forces to create their unique brand of poppy rock. Drummer Mike Latulippe and bassist John Szymanski filled the vacancies...
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