City Slang: Weekly music review roundup
Remember ‚Äď if you send it, it will get reviewed. That‚Äôs the City Slang promise. It doesn‚Äôt matter what genre the music is ‚Äď as long as it has a Metro Detroit connection, it‚Äôll get in. Preferably, we‚Äôd like to concentrate on new releases but, while we‚Äôre getting warmed up here, feel free to send back catalog material too. Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, City Slang, Metro Times, 733, St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 46226. Email MP3s and streaming links to email@example.com.
The Mike Leslie Band‚Äôs self-titled EP features cover art obviously inspired by the likes of Gary Grimshaw ‚Äď the psychedelic, Hendrixy art from the ‚Äė60s Grande era. That suggests the band have some cool influences, which is great, but the five songs on here are far too clean, too nice, to really remind of those golden days. Having said that, the Mike Leslie Band is a quality bar band, and there‚Äôs nothing wrong with that.
Nick Pivot‚Äôs A Guy, A Guitar & a Cheap Can of Beer features a song called ‚ÄúFuck You, I‚Äôm From Detroit‚ÄĚ, which includes the line ‚ÄúI‚Äôve got a bunch of burned out buildings and dead bodies to exploit.‚ÄĚ For that alone, he gets infinite props. That‚Äôs just fucking awesome. Pivot goes on to explain that we don‚Äôt wear fancy clothes here, because we‚Äôre not build for designer labels and snobby bullshit. We wear jeans and t-shirts. It‚Äôs just a great anthem. There‚Äôs some cool outlaw country on the rest of the disc, but that song should be a classic. You hear that, world? Fuck you.