(Guest preview by Teebz)
Munich has contributed many great things to our world, most notably Oktoberfest, liters of weissbier, and the uncanny ability to give you the best weekend you’ll never remember. And now they’ve given us something more: Dos Hermanos. No, they’re not from Spain. Yes, they are actually German. And they are based out of Monaco. I had the fortune of stumbling across Dos Hermanos in Fullerton at The Continental Room, where they opened for the Mumlers (also worth a listen). Their set up is fairly minimal, comprised of two small drum kits, two guitars, two mics that they travel with, a harmonica, a kazoo, a bucket, and a pot. Seriously. Self-described as a “crazy 2-man-band dressed sharp from Munich,” they offer the best “lo-fi country trash” that you’ll find on either side of the Atlantic.
Based on their set up and description alone, you know this is going to be a great show. They are one of the best acts to come through The Continental in years, have a killer sense of humor, and play some great, unpredictable and fun, country, dirty, garage folk rock. Imagine early The Black Keys getting together with Wavves and blasting out a musical love child that happened to get a crazy gene and a dash of great style. That’s Dos Hermanos.
Have I mentioned the mean Bob Dylan covers they perform? They have three albums out, all available for purchase directly from them at the shows. And if you spring for the vinyl, you get a free digital download of the album. I picked up Ich Auch, which is a great collection of their crazy-folk-country side.
Dos Hermanos are approaching the end of their West Coast tour, after playing a handful of shows in Arizona and Southern California. But great news! They’re headed up the coast to Santa Cruz and San Francisco. They play Friday, October 28, at 50 Mason Social House, located at—you guessed it—50 Mason, one block up from Market, between Civic Center and Powell. A free show and some great live music. I can’t think of a better way to kick off your Halloween weekend!
Check out Dos Hermanos and let us know if you think they’ve got what it takes to maintain a presence on this side of the Atlantic.