Crooked Saws. Two men, one huge sound. Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, their music has been described as the best qualities of “Monster Magnet drug by David Lynch through the finest mid-western mud.” “Grit” and “dirt,” “raw” and “soul” are words regularly used to paint a picture of their sound.
Their 2012 debut release, Mo’Fi, was recorded on a Saturday afternoon in singer/guitarist Jesse’s living room using two mics and an 8-track reel to reel machine. The album found wide television and commercial exposure, from Field & Stream’s “Hook Shots” to the Outdoor Channel’s “Head Hunters,” all the way to Showtime’s critically acclaimed “Shameless.” Their self produced video for the album’s opening track, Low, has over one hundred thousand views on Youtube.
Crooked Saws will release their second full length album, “This Machine Sells Cars,” on February 16, 2014. It’s an album that almost never happened. A week after the release of Mo’Fi, singer and guitarist Jesse Damien Revel almost died from an illness so serious it’s taken him nearly two years to recover. “This Machine Sells Cars” is proof that he did.
From the deepest roots of the blues, of hill and mountain music, to the modern thunder of guitar and drums played hard and loud, Crooked Saws is “a two-piece powerhouse to which you can’t stop listening.”
While an immensity of talent is displayed by Crooked Saws, even more impressive is the chemistry between Fischler and Revel. A worthy duo only works with deep-rooted, I know what you had for lunch type chemistry, and that chemistry percolates on every track. You can tell that Fischler and Revel are on the same wavelength, down to the same thought, as they play, creating cleanliness in chaos.
THIS IS HUGE!!! I don’t even like the blues. This is the heaviest straight blues band I’ve ever heard. Imagine if Saint Vitus wasn’t doom or metal, but just a blues band. I guess they would sound something like this. These two guys have the ‘tude. It is this attitude that sets Crooked Saws apart.
If you’re looking for the average, run-of-the-mill blues experience, then Mo’Fi, the debut release from Minneapolis-based Crooked Saws is not for you. However, if gritty, dirty, feel-it-in-your-bones blues is what you’re after, give this two-piece powerhouse a listen and you won’t want to stop. Mo’Fi is a mixture of true Americana and a sound so uniquely their own that Crooked Saws is, hands down, a contender for best (and dirtiest) blues ensemble. There, I said it.
…it’s as if David Lynch took the best qualities of Monster Magnet and drug it through the finest mid-western mud…
Music That Isn’t Bad – Album Review
Crooked Saws has hit upon what makes a great blues duo: Room filling guitar, large vocals, loud drums, and plenty of distortion. Skilled at their instruments, and with tons of passion behind each note, it’s easy to forget that there is just two of them, and that’s why they’re great. The blues is best when done bare-bones, relying on passion and fire rather than complicated instrumentals and generated noises.
Singer/guitarist Jesse Damien Revel has a big enough voice for five men, and the vocal chords of an aged bottle of whiskey, and it really shows in the song “Freak.” The song starts with a dreamy-guitar part, and some great staccato drum work, leaving Revel’s voice to wander freely and fill in the gaps before kicking things off with a shout. The distortion hits. The cymbals crash. And you’re in blue-rock bliss. “Freak” is from Crooked Saws’ debut album Mo’ Fi, and is most definietly worth your time.
Middle Tennessee Music – Album Review
When you click play, hear the first notes, and then tune into Jesse’s vocals and lyrics; you are immediately pulled into this blues experience. When you get knocked down, you get back up again. This is exactly what Crooked Saws has done on this album. As you keep listening, you tend to forget that there’s only 2 people, but the one thing you cannot deny is the amount of soul that has been placed in this record.
With a lo-fi quality that makes the stench of old whiskey permeate through your speakers,Crooked Saws is bringing that ol’ dirty sound to the Minneapolis scene.
Incognito Music Magazine – Album Review
A completely different comparison hit me with the song “Get Up Again.” Jesse Revel’s vocals in this song remind me a lot of Shane Sweeney of Two Cow Garage. He has a similar deep vocal quality with some grit in it that suggests someone who has been involved his fair share of brawls. If you’ve been looking for some good gritty blues, you’ve found it in Crooked Saws.
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