Concert Review: The Detroit Cobras and the Greenhornes, Friday Feb. 28, Double Door
The Greenhornes displayed why they have largely been just a footnote in all
the neo-garage movement press. They lacked charisma. They lacked enthusiasm.
Their best song was a cover I can't quick place although it sounds like it
should have been a Nuggets track. The band is just a pastiche, an excuse
for the stylized haircuts and retro typeface of their logo.
Fortunately, the Detroit Cobras had the spirit that the Greenhornes lacked.
They looked like degenerates, and I mean that as a compliment. Throaty singer
Rachel Nagy exhorted the audience to start dancing, but the rest of the band
provided reason enough. As a cover band, albeit one that chooses obscure
songs to cover, they will never change rock and roll. But if all the punk
kids from all the high schools joined forces to hold their own prom, the
Detroit Cobras would be the perfect band.