Demolition String Band – THIRD COAST MUSIC Review – Different Kinds of Love

March 6, 2013 at 8:26 pm

THIRD COAST MUSIC:
“Normally, the words “string band” imbue me with nameless dread but while Elena Skye and Boo Reiner’s did start out playing bluegrass, the cover of the group’s second album alone tells you they drifted away — into a blend of bluegrass, real and alt country, country rock, and rock and roll that they call “hardcorn grindgrass fullbarn stompdown twangadelix.” While there’s no such obvious attention grabber as their their countrified version of Madonna’s Like A Prayer, their fourth album is a major step up from Pulling Up Atlantis (Okra-Tone, 2001). Reiners has always been a stupendous guitarist, showcased here on his original instrumental Boonanza and the multiple overdubs of Wisteria but Skye, who wrote or co-wrote ten of the thirteen tracks, sings eleven of them (Reiners gets her Thinkin’ Bout Drinkin’) and plays mandolin, has really blossomed in all three roles, positively radiating confidence and maturity on an album that pulses with energy.
If you didn’t read the credits you might well think that the ten tracks cut at a Mebane, NC studio owned by Southern Culture On The Skids’ Rick Miller (SCOTS’ Mary Huff sngs harmonies on I Wanna Wear White) were actually live recordings. The other three were cut at Eric Ambel’s Brooklyn studio…from Who Taught You to Drinkin Whisky there’s nothing even close to a dud track, though, if you get a copy of the first jewel case pressing, 10 is Ola Belle Reed’s Undone In Sorrow, 11 Thank You Claudia rather than the other way around as listed. I don’t know if that makes it a collectors item, but its well worth having, with or without the error!” – John Conquest

Demolition String Band – LUCID CULTURE REVIEW – Different Kinds of Love

March 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

LUCID CULTURE   http://lucidculture.wordpress.com/2008/01/05/cd-review-demolition-string-band-%E2%80%93-different-kinds-of-love/
t’s been a few years since Demolition String Band’s fantastic last cd, Where the Wild Wild Flowers Grow and it was worth the wait. This album manages to capture the explosive energy of their live show. In general, it’s more rock-oriented than their other stuff. Frontwoman Elena Skye has been a songwriting tear, and she hits a lot of highs here. The country influence is still in full effect, both in Skye’s mandolin work and Telecaster monster Boo Reiners’ spectacular bluegrass-inflected playing, but even the slower numbers here blaze with the twangy fire they bring to the stage. Considering the direction country radio has taken since the turn of the century, they couldn’t have released this album at a better time.

The cd opens with their big crowd-pleaser Who Taught You, with its catchy chorus of “hurt so bad.” The second track, the powerful, minor-key, midtempo backbeat-driven Your Wish may be the single best song on the album, a feast of guitar and mandolin textures. Wisteria is the obvious hit single, with its gorgeous intro and rolling, clanging, multitracked guitars (there must be about six of them on this tune), sounding like a Laura Cantrell rock song. It’s urban Americana at its best: “Wisteria on the hills of Jersey City.” After that, Baby Come Home is a traditional country song, but far more lushly arranged than your typical Nashville commercial fare, with mandolin and electric over a bed of acoustic guitars. Real Good Mama, dedicated to Skye’s daughter, is an optimistic number driven by incisive, heartfelt Reiners fingerpicking. They also do a surprisingly scorching, guitar-fueled version of the Ola Belle Reed classic Undone in Sorrow (an acoustic version of which appears on Where the Wild Wild Flowers Grow). After a sizzling Reiners electric bluegrass instrumental, the cd winds up with the boisterous Drinkin’ Whiskey, which will no doubt be useful to connoisseurs looking to differentiate between “your sellin’, and your drinkin’ whiskey.”

The rhythm section of Winston Roye on bass and the ubiquitous Phil Cimino on drums swings like crazy. Reiners’ Telecaster work is smart, effortlessly virtuosic, and hits the mark every time, imbued with a wit that runs the gamut from very subtle to completely off-the-charts funny. Skye’s vocals are raw, direct and potently real: she doesn’t try to fake a Bible Belt accent like the amber waves of gruesomely affected trendoids who’ve grown weary of imitating Sonic Youth and picked up their acoustic guitars.

Memo to college radio program directors: get your hands on this and spin Thinking About Drinking til you’re sick of all the audience requests. Memo to frathouse social directors: get your hands on this and put it on about 2 AM on a Friday night if you really want to keep the party rolling. Memo to the rest of the college population: if you have the means and the energy to do the Spring Break thing, leave the Jimmy Buffett, the Kenny and the Dave Matthews at home and bring this instead. It’s early in the year, but this album will definitely be on a lot of Best Of lists: watch this space about a year from now. Four bagels with a pitcher of strong bloody marys. What a great way to kick off the new year.

Demolition String Band – POP MATTERS – Different Kinds of Love

March 6, 2013 at 8:15 pm

POP MATTERS: “Hailing from New Jersey, Demolition String Band infuse their fourth record with enough spirit, swagger and country swing to make you swear they’ve lived a thousand lifetimes in the heart of the Bible Belt. The band’s exuberance and style is personified by vocalist Elena Skye, whose sound resembles folk rock empresses of the late 60s. Her bandmates weave the soul of the 60s into their country/bluegrass hybrid. When at their best, the group seems to add something new to the stylistic world they inhabit (tracks like Wisteria, Baby Come Home and the instrumental Boonanza).” –

Aarik Danielsen

Demolition String Band – TIME OUT NEW YORK – Different Kinds of Love

March 6, 2013 at 8:14 pm

TIME OUT NEW YORK: “Demolition String Band rolls its friendly honky-tonk rock into the Rodeo Bar, proving that a NYC band can kick the sawdust with the best of ’em. Though the group appears frequently, tonight ain’t just another night: Frontwoman Elena Skye & Co. are celebrating the release of a new CD, Different Kinds of Love, which ably shows off their twang & roll. .. “Demolition String Band rolls its friendly honky-tonk rock into the Rodeo Bar, proving that a NYC band can kick the sawdust with the best of ’em. Though the group appears frequently, tonight ain’t just another night: Frontwoman Elena Skye & Co. are celebrating the release of a new CD, Different Kinds of Love, which ably shows off their twang & roll.”

Demolition String Band – No Depression Magazine- Different Kinds of Love

March 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm

“The Demolition String Band has ventured from punkish alt.country to acoustic stringband updatings of the songs of Ola Belle Reed. Their latest is proof that a band this edgy and adventurous can just keep getting tighter and crisper performing together over time. Different Kinds of Love features the strong points they’ve shown for years, Elena Skye’s sharp songwriting and Boo Reiner’s immaculate picking for instance, and powers them up with new rockabilly-tinged thrust.”

BARRY MAZOR – NO DEPRESSION

Demolition String Band – Harp Magazine- Different Kinds of Love

March 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

HARP MAGAZINE:

Hearing a bluegrass song with lyrics about hills and trains is unremarkable. Hearing a bluegrass song about “the hills of Jersey City” and a train that’s probably a subway is remarkable indeed. If the cardinal rule of Americana is sing-about-what-you-know authenticity, then the Demolition String Band certainly scores on that qualification. The Hoboken quartet has strong musical roots in bluegrass traditions – leader Elena Skye studied mandolin with Jethro Burns – but those roots are shot through with plenty of rock ‘n’ roll electricity. Correlations could be drawn to towering roots/punk bands like Lone Justice and X, but Skye’s twang of a voice and the chugging, old-school instrumentation lands these guys firmly on the “roots” side of the equation. Subways and landfills aren’t the sole lyrical territory; there are also the requisite “drinking and thinking about you” lines. But the energetic and full-bodied approach the DSB takes keeps any of it from getting too precious or predictable.

Demolition String Band – Billboard Review- Different Kinds of Love

March 6, 2013 at 7:59 pm

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BILLBOARD REVIEW: Letters (3:06) Producer: Boo Reiners Writer: E. Skye Publisher: Mighty Minx, ASCAP ,Breaking Records

Demolition String Band may be New York-based, but the entrenched alt-country quartet could rub cozy shoulders with Alison Krauss any day. Fourth album “Different Kinds of Love,” released in late 2007 on versatile indie Breaking Records, delivers on the group’s beloved mix of bluegrass, honky-tonk, rock and Bayou ooze, highlighted by whimsical “Letters,” an ode to a modern-day techno-bunco. Lead singer/songwriter Elena Skye laments, “I woke up late last night to a blinking computer light and saw you writing to a darling signed with care/Does she know that while you write I sleep in your bed each night?” Mandolin, a thrush of driving percussion and plentiful acoustic trimmings add a plaintive instrumental backdrop—but it’s ultimately all in good fun. Skye and company are primed to rope in triple A here, while the 13-track full-length has further potential at country with vigorous “Wisteria,” wedding wish “I Wanna Wear White” and collaborative throwdown “Who Taught You.” Demolition’s members are across-the-board connoisseurs: master instrumentalists, lyricists and entertainers, while Skye is a vocal treasure.” – CT

Demolition String Band releases new album!

August 17, 2007 at 5:57 am

“Different Kinds Of Love”

Featuring “Letters,” a tale of internet unfaithfulness, the haunting “Loneliness (Is a kind of forgetting)” co-written with Robert Burke Warren (Roseanne Cash), an overworked mother singing to her only child in “Real Good Mama”, the rockin’ “Your Wish,” the folk-rockin’ “Wisteria” and the straight up twang-boogie of “I Wanna Wear White.”

The fourth album by this veteran New Jersey band, a mix of bluegrass-informed roots-country, is a heart tugger of failed relationships, wandering love, and dead-end lives. Elena Sky’s raw, earthy vocals and Boo Reiners’ slinging telecaster dance and hop above the driving rhythm section. Different Kinds of Love, produced by Skye and Reiners, shows a band that has grown as musicians and creators, but have stayed true to their unrefined, emotional sound.
— Miles of Music
“The Demolition String Band has ventured from punkish alt.country to acoustic stringband updatings of the songs of Ola Belle Reed. Their latest is proof that a band this edgy and adventurous can just keep getting tighter and crisper performing together over time. Different Kinds of Love features the strong points they’ve shown for years, Elena Skye’s sharp songwriting and Boo Reiner’s immaculate picking for instance, and powers them up with new rockabilly-tinged thrust.”
-Barry Mazor (No Depression Magazine, Wall Street Journal)