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The Detroit Cobras

One of the earliest groups to emerge from the Detroit garage rock scene, the Detroit Cobras developed a reputation as the Midwest's finest (and most distinctive) cover band -- while the bandmembers devoted themselves to performing other people's material rather than recycling established hits, the Detroit Cobras dug deep into the well of vintage R&B and primitive rock & roll sides, building an individual identity out of lost classics from the past which they modified to fit their swaggering aural personality. The Detroit Cobras were formed in 1995 by Steve Shaw, who developed a taste for classic R&B from spending time with Alex Chilton, whom he met through his friends in Detroit primitives the Gories. The first edition of the Detroit Cobras featured former exotic dancer Rachel Nagy on vocals, Shaw and Maribel Restrepo (ex-Vertical Pillows) on guitars, Jeff Meier (from Rocket 455) on bass, and Vic Hill on drums, and they released their first 7" in 1996.

In what would prove to be the first in a long line of personal changes, Hill was replaced by Chris Fachini by the time the Cobras released their third single (which also hit the stores in 1996), and their debut LP, Mink Rat or Rabbit, featured a third timekeeper, Damian Lang (who'd worked with Snake Out and Elvis Hitler). During the three years that passed before the Detroit Cobras appeared on the Jack White-produced compilation Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit, founder Shaw left the band, with Dante Aliano stepping in on guitar and Rob Smith taking over on bass. Rachel Nagy's tough but soulful vocals and Maribel Restrepo's lean, muscular guitar lines would be the group's only constants from this point on, though they would be enough to earn the group a potent following on the American garage scene and a major buzz in the United Kingdom, where they scored a deal with the fabled indie label Rough Trade, which released 2001's Life, Love and Leaving in Great Britain (it appeared on Sympathy for the Record Industry in the United States). (That LP also featured new guy Eddie Hawrsh on bass.)

While veteran tunesmiths Ellie Greenwich and Jackie DeShannon expressed interest in writing material with the group, the fourth Cobras album, 2004's Baby, once again featured them rocking out on a stack of R&B dusties, though Greg Cartwright, who helped produce the album, did co-write an original with Nagy and Restrepo, "Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat)." The album also documented another Cobras lineup, with Nagy and Restrepo joined by Steve Nawara on guitar, Joe Mazzola on bass, and Kenny Tudrick on drums. After a brief hiatus and a move to Bloodshot Records, the Phil Spector-influenced Tried and True was released in 2007 with yet another rotation of musicians -- reintroducing Greg Cartwright and adding seasoned bassist Carol Schumacher, a fellow member of the Reigning Sound, to the ever-changing roster. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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@mhaney0926; thats because you're not from Detroit. You're probably from Sterling Heights. Right?
kgotzeff
I miss Detroit! good tunes come out of that place!
Motown runs through their veins. They got street cred
How could I be from Detroit and never have heard of these guys?
One of the best gifts my brother ever gave me was turning me on to the Detroit Cobras!
Singer sounds like Courtney Love
Fricken Kick A** Live Show!!
The WOGGLES and LYRES on the SAME bill?!?!??!

Hells yeah!

SAT APRIL 27 The Grand Victory 9pm
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That Mink Rat or Rabbit cover kills me.
take me back to my early punk days
I saw them in St.Louis a in June,the band rocked but Nagy was a total diva-b**ch. what a shame
saw them in Dallas a couple of years ago they opened for Rev. Horton Heatr they were awersome!
The Cobras sound really good live. They are not over the top, or trying to be rock stars. They play the songs, and play them well. If they seem "boring" you might want to check out Poison or Britany Spears. They put on a dog and pony show some people like.
Good music, but I wasn't very impressed when I saw them in concert. They just seemed bored, pretty much ruined it for me. I'll listen to their music, but I have no desire to see them in concert ever again.
when will the cobras come to dallas???
Ace!
detroit garage is mid-60s, "earliest" as in being 30 years late and missing the point?
Saw you in Baltimore twice - once at the Recher, the second time at Pier 6 when you opened for Cake - both shows rocked the town. Met you after the show and you were very cool. Dig you guys!
Saw you in LA a few years ago-- still can't beat that concert! :) Come play in Indianapolis !
jfdunn76
Love to the Cobras!
DC's rule
Very nice.
I've lived in Detroit all my life....I just found out how AWESOME this band is! Now I live in shame.... :(
kevinjh
lets drink
mra4evr
I saw them a few months ago and they are truly amazing.
See them live if you can. They are fantastic in concert.
ok so far
I agree with christ It is an awesome thought for them to be doing this they should keep it up! Rock 'n' Roll guys! =P
I consider them punk
I think this is one of the strongest bands to come out in ages, they just have such a solid sound and are pure, straight foward, rock and roll!!!!!!!! ! ! ! I can't get enough of em'.
This is a good band... their songs are kindof funny to me idk y. But still in all they are a cool band.
ladyspineret t e _
love

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