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First off, please note that this two-man guitar and drums Detroit garage powerhouse was going strong back when Jack White was still named John Gillis. They're a lot less strict about their sound, anyway: not only is there an occasional smattering of bass here, Outrageous Cherry's Matthew Smith, and the album's producer, Jim Diamond, both chip in on organ throughout. The resulting sound is both heavier and more frantic than on the duo's garage-punk debut, 1997's Deal Me In. Singer T. Jackson Potter's increasingly unhinged vocal style at times comes close to plain incomprehensible wailing — the stop-start "Tom Skinner," in particular, is frantically, joyously deranged — and his slashing, rhythmic guitar playing locks in with Eric Cook's contents-under-pressure drumming in the same way that a traditional bassist would, in between the explosive solos. The resulting sound is powerfully intense in a way that even many traditional three- and four-piece bands can't manage.


Formed: 1994 in Lansing, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Hailing from Michigan's capital city of Lansing, Bantam Rooster's two piece guitar and drum approach pays tribute to the minimal aesthetics of 60's garage rock recorded on duct taped equipment. Gotten together in 1994 after T. Jackson Potter (guitar/ vocals) and Eric Cook (drums) were both experiencing down time from their full-time bands would eventually result in a series of gigs all through the Mid-West before signing with Crypt Records in 1996. With their first 7" EP Miss Luxury released that...
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