Monday, April 16, 2007

The Detroit Cobras are back

Next Tuesday, April 24th, The Detroit Cobras will release their new album Tied & True via Bloodshot Records. This is the first new Cobras release since Baby in 2005, and it once again features the sultry vocalist Rachel Nagy and her guitar-wielding cohort Mary Ramirez. On Tied & True they continue down their path of garage rock revivalism, this time around creating a true soul album full of engrossing recreations of forgotten songs from the past.

Selections from Tied & True include original versions of "It's My Delight" from the late 60's Jamaican rastafari group The Melodians and "Nothing But A Heartache," originally done in 1968 by the female pop trio The Flirtations. Another great moment on the album comes from the unforgettable lyric "Bitch I'm gonna have to hit you on the top of your head," from the song "Leave My Kitten Alone" which was originally done in the 1950's by R&B singer Little Willie John.

From the press release: "When we come into this world, some of us get tapped on the head by God, the Grand Poobah, Mother Nature or who/whatever and are granted extraordinary gifts; there is no question that Detroit Cobras’ singer Rachel Nagy rolled snake eyes at the Grand Casino in the Sky. With Tied And True, their first new record in three years, the Cobras practically done created a new genre all for themselves, delivering the sonic goods to back up some seriously supernatural soulful vocal gifts.

Untrained and undisciplined (and how!), Rachel started out by belting revved-up rock yowlers and has grown into the gen-u-ine gutsy, vulnerable, delicate and commanding soul-on-the-edge singer. She effortlessly glides from R&B sass, to girl group pathos to kitten-with-a-whip toughness with a snap of her chipped fingernails. Longtime musical partner in crime, guitarist Mary Ramirez keeps the DE-troit Motor City in the Cobras with her body shop wallop, greasy rock ‘n soul rhythms and a bold grasp of old school, big room arrangements.

Stretching out in the studio like never before, and including contributions from top line players like Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound) the Cobras have created a versatile and formidable wall of Spector sound (is that timpani you’re hearing here and there? Yer goddam right it is). Be it eerie or orchestral, or pure rock and roll rough up, Tied and True puts the Cobras on a whole new level—of many sources but a genus all its own. Soul lives below the belt, and whether you’re looking to be grinding it slow or shaking it up good, the Cobras bring it tough and tender, savage and sweet. Tied and true."

Tied & True - April 24, 2007 on Bloodshot Records
  1. As Long As I Have You
  2. Nothing But A Heartache
  3. (If You Don't Think) You Better Change
  4. Leave My Kitten Alone
  5. (I Wanna Know) What's Going On
  6. Try Love
  7. You'll Never Change
  8. Puppet On A String
  9. Only To Other People
  10. The Hurt's All Gone
  11. It's My Delight
  12. On A Monday
  13. Green Light
You can hear the opening track, preorder Tied & True plus get a free poster and more at Bloodshot Records. You'll have an opportunity to catch the Detroit Cobras on their headlining CD Release Tour this Spring, with dates soon to be listed at their MySpace page. Also visit to get the word direct from Mary and Rachel, and DetroitCobraCovers to read an in-depth study of the songs the Detroit Cobras have chosen to cover.


Fri May 11 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Concert Pavilion
Sat May 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Southpaw
Thu June 28 - Springfield, MA @ City Block Summer Music Festival
Wed July 11 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
Thu July 12 - Columbus, OH @ Little Brother's
Fri Jul 13 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre
Sat Jul 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Sun July 15 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
Wed July 25 - Knoxville, TN @ Blue Cats
Fri July 27 - Atlanta, GA @ Earl
Sat July 28 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Thu Aug 9 - Houston, TX @ Rudyard's Beer Bar
Fri Aug 10 - Dallas, TX @ The Palladium
Sat Aug 11 - Austin, TX @ Emo's

Mon Aug 13 - Tuscon, AZ @ Plush
Tue Aug 14 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
Wed Aug 15 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Thu Aug 16 - West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
Thu Aug 17 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Sat Aug 18 - San Jose, CA @ Blank Club
Mon Aug 20 - Portland, OR @ The Doug Fir
Tue Aug 21 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
Wed Aug 22 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Thu Aug 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Fri Aug 24 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
Sat Aug 25 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
Mon Aug 27 - St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
Tue Aug 28 - Iowa City, IA @ Picador
Wed Aug 29 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Thu Aug 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
Fri Aug 31 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Sat Sep 1 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

In related news, have a listen to the Flirtations' original recording of Nothing But A Heartache (that I also mentioned in Feb.,) along with the Beatles' cover of Leave My Kitten Alone. If you want to hear the Cobras' take on Heartache then make sure to pick up Tied & True on April 24th, it is worth every penny.

The Flirtations - "Nothing But A Heartache"

The Beatles - "Leave My Kitten Alone" (from Anthology)