Hell's Kitchen | Doctor's Oven

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Doctor's Oven

by Hell's Kitchen

Blues: Rockin' Blues, Rock: Punk, Blues: Delta Style
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. My House
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2. Jack is a Writer
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3. Brick of my Body
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4. Dance Machine
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5. Stay in my Block
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6. Nice
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7. Unfair
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8. Lumpi is my Dog
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9. Milano
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10. Misery
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11. Lumfo
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12. Easy Start
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Album Notes
The music of the trio is steeped in the traditional and the modern, the rough and the urban. It is useless to try and make comparisons; with Hell's Kitchen, nothing is that simple... just listen to the audacity of the instruments. Firstly... the hammering evokes the tools of mother Courage-Washboard, an assortment of bin lids, multiple springs and enormous tom drum- bringing to us the whole range of urban syncopation. The upright bass throbs and zigzags like a fish on acid while the guitars sizzle with an energy that would make even the dead swing.

But the songs of Hell's Kitchen are not only a gift to tempt one into their furnace. They will also drag you screaming along their road to hell... listen to the bottleneck, the car skidding, the inspired cacophony! The music is suffused with originality: the voice snarls, squeals and sings like the devils own. Look for it... it hides; ignore it, it surprises you. And in all of this, no calculation, nothing from the school books. Hell's Kitchen abhor the graph paper and the music stand, creative disorder is what rules the day.

In short, if you missed the devil passing by, come into Hell's kitchen and feel the heat!

What the press says

"This is young, for the now and I love it! 'My House' is a fantastic opener to a very fulfilling album..."
Blues Matters

"...Doctor's Oven is at the same time rough and exciting, convulsif and tempting, seizing, dishevelling, impressive: a true revelation... Hell's Kitchen strikes very hard with its second album which should strengthen its growing scenic reputation..."
Rock & Folk

"...The trio from Geneva has just carried out a monstrous, monumental album..."

"...Madly attaching and excitingly paradoxical... the power of the opus rests in a diabolic inventiveness... It is crippled, it is so beautiful..."

"...Excellent and bewitching second album... They have nothing to envy neither in terms of richness of the harmonies nor in the field of the unslung creativity..."
Le Temps

"...This new delivery is properly exciting... The result is delicately blended, and at the same time wild, pure-bred..."
Le Courrier

"...It is exhilarating as a bottle of 30 year old single malt..."
Tribune de Genève

"...This Hell's Kitchen holds all its promises... Tasty stew mixing Tom Waits, Soul Coughing and 16 Horsepower... No indigestion in this infernal kitchen..."
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The fact that this blues trio from Geneva features a percussionist who specializes in "hammering" might be enough to advance the notion that is not your standard 8 bar fare, but upon listening it becomes clear that this is certainly no one trick pony. While the aforementioned percussion ambitiously provides an unorthodox yet sturdy backbone for the tracks, the guitar and bass bang away as well, mixing hollow echoes with ringing tones that resonate and then slink away. The resulting songs are loose but well crafted, leaving the musician's intentions open for interpretation. The musical attributes alternate from acoustic to electric, guitar to banjo, slide to harp. Fittingly, the lyrics do the same, taking on subjects that are both personal and passive. Fans of Tom Waits will revel in the rough and tumble percussive aspects of these songs, while simultaneously appreciating the determination involved in embracing an alternative approach to an age old form.

Brian Brohammahasslehoff's Blog

One man's trash(can percussion) is this man's treasure.
If you like rock and you like slide guitar, the selection out there is a bit bleak. Few popular rock artists have championed the glass or steel. Remember the classic rock 'train train' song by Blackfoot? If you liked that or any George Thoroughgood, check this out.

Hell's Kitchen has that strange feel you get from primus but it's not that all out weird. Throw in the occasional banjo or slack key- but mainly electric blues guitar- with spare drums and trash can percussion, and you've got the main recipe for this kitchen. The vocals are sometimes raw Howlin Wolf, sometimes more typical cool whiteboy like the (Jon Spencer) Blues Explosion.

Highlights? "Nice" flat out rocks. In "Jack is a Writer" the vocalist turns a bit Clash-like. "Misery" is Rolling Stones -ish with a more folksy feel. "Lumfo" is a deliberately lurching haunt. "Easy Start" is good old time rockin blues. Weirdest tracks? The atonal "Milano" and "Brick of my Body"

Overall, what's impressive is not just the rocking rhythms and experimental sounds, but the tastefully spare arrangements- each instrument blends without overshadowing the others... a real achievement considering the variety of sounds and rhythms they manage to blend.

Summary? One man's trash(can percussion) is this man's treasure.