If James Brown was the Godfather of soul, Dex Romweber is the Godfather of psycho-surf-rockabilly-garage-punk. He needs to get a cape with bling on it just like James Brown. He could make it work. He and sister Sara make up the core of the Dex Romweber Duo and their latest CD, Is The You In The Blue, is the kind of music meant to be felt in your chest, not piped through some tinny earbuds. It’s loud, raw, simple, _fundamental_ rock ‘n roll that makes you wanna yell, “Hit Me! Take Me To The Bridge!” Top tracks for me are Jungle Drums, Death of Me (Written by Django Haskins of Old Ceremony), and Midnight Sun.
Dex Romweber, in his many incarnations, first as front man for the Flat Duo Jets, then as a solo artist and now as front man for the Dex Romweber Duo, has always explored the darker side of rockabilly creating a sound that’s both retro-rock and more than a bit grungy all at the same time. On the debut CD from The Dex Romweber Duo, he collaborates with guests artists, Cat Power, Neko Case, Exene Cervenka, and Rick Miller of Southern Culture On The Skids. The result is a mashup of sound that still, underneath all the angst and modern edginess, has a rockabilly soul. Highlights include “Love Letters,” “Lonesome,” “Still Around,” and “Ruins of Berlin”.