It’s been a while since we got big and loud with some bluesy shit with a harmonica mic. So long, in fact, I was starting to get the shakes. Fortunately, The Dead Exs, a New York based garage duo consisting of David Pattillo on electric slide and vox and Wylie Wirth on drums showed up in my inbox just before we were in the grips of a full fledged detox situation.
If you were a fan of the shit Mr. Johnson was putting together for the Deep Blues Festival then you’re already a fan of The Dead Exs, you just didn’t know it yet. They are exactly what you’d expect from these kids putting their own tattooed skin on the bluesy sounds most of us grew up only being influenced by by proxy. Everyone wants to compare every duo playing garage blues to the Black Keys so I’ll do it too….these guys sound nothing like The Black Keys of now or the Black Keys of the Thickfreakness era but would share more in common with the latter. They’re loud, they’re raw and at times they’re even sloppy but it’s okay cause that’s what it’s supposed to sound like.