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THE SIGHTS
THE SIGHTS
SCRATCHIE/NEW LINE

The Sights have been a promising "young" Detroit garage band for, oh, a half-dozen years. Which means there are likely a couple of younger acts populating Motor City dives by now. Unabashedly retro (check out the raunchy "hidden" cover of the Facesí "Stay with Me" after the last track), drawing on many of the same influences that have made the White Stripes such a phenom, the Sights may yet have to overcome their trad trio instrumentation: Eddie Baranek on reverbed vocals and raunchy guitar, Mike Trombley putting muscle behind hyperactive backbeats, and Bobby Emmett on bass and "left-hand organ." Recorded at Detroitís dingy-sounding Ghetto Recorders, The Sights opens with a statement of purpose: "Iím Going To Live the Life I Sing About in My Songs," a sweaty romp through what could easily be an early Eric Burdon/Animals outtake thatís here and gone too quickly at just 1:45. The point is well made as the trio go on to employ heavy doses of fuzztone guitar, cymbal-slamming choruses, retro organ fills, and even the occasional vocal harmony with a single-minded ferocity that canít be taught.

The Sights + the Caesars | July 12 | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | 617.562-8800

BY MATT ASHARE


Issue Date: July 8 - 14, 2005
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