Boasting some of the dirtiest blues youre likely to hear outside of Mississippi, Meantooth Grin's Debut album "before the devil knows you're dead"
is a rare thing in a genre that is not so progressive these days.
The Intro features ambient sounds of asouthern type atmosphere, dobro guitar and harmonica with a haunting voice telling a tale of woe as the devil continues to
hunt him down amidst trouble and hardship. Cicadas then give way to "Drive" probably one of the harder, more edgy tracks on the album.
From the Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor Influenced tunes like "Killing time", to The ZZ Top
Flavoring of "Tommy Gun", Its clear this is a band that likes to push the boundaries of blues and rock;while keeping its roots intact.
There is a clear respect for old school Delta blues throughout the deliciously fuzz drenched guitar and pounding drums and bass.
The influence of the Dirty southern blues of RL Birnside, and Junior Kimbrough is very noticable and appears throughout.
Songs like "Evil, Woman, and the title track; harken back to the blues of Skip James,Blind Willie Johnson and Robert Johnson.
"Evil Woman" is about as old school as it gets, complete with an old record scratch type effect to simulate the "old record"
sound from many of the delta recordings of the era.
The Title track "Before the Devil Knows you're Dead" Tells a tale of four lives ending tragically and Their inability to cheat the devil
come judgment day.
Recorded in Wausau,WI at Whitehouse Studios by Marty Cheyka
Produced by Marty Cheyka and Tom Jordan .