Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Blues/Garage Rock duo Left Lane Cruiser, on the other hand, provides an example of what happens when the influences question actually illuminates. In a 2008 interview, PunkRockTheory.com pitched LLC drummer/vocalist Brenn Beck that chestnut with a slight twist: If Beck and Joe Evans' outfit was the love spawn of other bands, who would its parents be? Beck's response involved “R.L. Burnside and Clutch (slipping) Led Zeppelin a roofie and (having) their way with them.” A crude and creepy mental image? Yes.
Truthful? Yes times infinity. Cruiser's output is brutish, noisy and deep-fried in so much muck and raw distortion that you'll want to take a half-hour shower after a few YouTube listens.Last June, LLC teamed up with James Leg of similarly inclined gruesome twofer Black Diamond Heavies for a project called Painkillers, and the results are about as sensationally twisted as contemporary dive-bar-ready Garage gets. Hearing any — or preferably all — of these miscreants cover George Thorogood and the Destroyers' “Bad to the Bone” would be worth its weight in prison time.
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