I originally wrote about The Devil Makes Three back in March after discovering their self-titled reissue. At the time I described them as such:
It’s a vaudevillian mashup of country, punk with a little pirate, and ragtime tossed in for good measure. The cd’s dusty old 78 feel will almost make you feel guilty about listening to it on your iPod.
I really just wanted to come back and mention them again because I’ve since gone back and picked up the remainder of their catalog; 2004’s Longjohns, Boots, and a Belt and the 2006 live effort, A Little Bit Faster And A Little Bit Worse, to much satisfaction. Both of these albums are fantastic, but it’s the live album I am digging the most. Recorded over two nights at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA, it also features the guest fiddle of Chojo Jaques. I really think A Little Bit Faster And A Little Bit Worse really catches the band at their best…no retakes, no tracks…just a little bit of booze, a little bit of crowd and a whole lot of fun.