20 February 2014


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Here's a couple kids from Nancy, France, in love with the Velvets, My Bloody Valentine (and maybe some Blood Red Shoes,) The Kills, Dead Weather and dirty,dirty blues. Fronted by a French harp blowing Chrissie Hynde (or Karen O) and a guitarist whose swaggering tone could be confused with a more focused Jack White's, or a heavier Kenny Brown's, all held down by a burly, solid drum machine. 

Tough, sexy, dark, and a little menacing, Marie and Mathieu are Hoboken Division, named for the American port city, birthplace of Mr. Sinatra, and the port that American servicemen, who brought blues and jazz to Europe, departed from. 

Like all good bands they were formed over a beer (in 2011.) Marie has a love for jazz singers and everything Jack White has done, Cat Power, and Joplin (though lucky us she makes no attempt to ape her,) Mathieu digs R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, but in varying measure Spacemen 3, Seasick Steve, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Fred McDowell, and the Bowie mix of Iggy's Raw Power. All these totems combine to make a fresh blues-infected sound that would rule the roost at White's Third Man Records. Out now is a limited edition 7" featuring the dark original A Night Out b/w their own even darker, heavier, drony, and fuzzed out take on Skip James' Devil Got My Woman. There's also a delicious four song ep available. You need and deserve both. We need to hear a lot more from Hoboken Division.

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