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Mexican Knives - Quarters - Milwaukee, WI - 12/20/2013

After making the drive from Detroit to Milwaukee on a lousy cold and icy night, and after many technical difficulties, The Mexican Knives tore apart the stage at Quarters.  Exploding out of the gates with a couple of short and sweet 60’s garage rock stompers, front woman Ruth Synowiec and band mates slowed it down with a bluesy R&B swayer.  Ms. Synowiec delivered the smoky, boozy vocals perfectly; reminiscent of home town neighbors The Detroit Cobras.  On record Ms. Synowiec sounds like a cross between Janis Joplin and Shirley Manson.  Live is a completely different, sounding like The Shangri-las hanging out with the Gun Club, which sounds like trouble.  “Killer Snake” brought it all to an end, a perfect two minute sleazy, and surf stomper showcasing the big 60’s garage rock guitar sound.  One more song to close and it was over, packing plenty of songs into 30 minutes.  I would like to see their record collection because they are too young to be playing this kind of music.  Or maybe I’m too old.