"About You" New Ben Franklins [peter gabriel] (Dingo's Kidney) - This Denver-based acoustic rock quartet reminds me of Thin White Rope (remember them?) -- well, not really, but they do on this balls-out roots-rocker. Guitars are out in full force. Nice simple guitar hook at the top helps your brain lock into the groove, too.
“Ultimately, my goal is to sound like Catherine Wheel playing Johnny Cash songs," says New Ben Franklins frontman David DeVoe, "which is impossible to do, but it's a great goal to have. Trying to figure out how to get there is a completely different story."”
“Borrowing esthetic elements from Americana, country and alternative rock, at its best, the new New Ben Franklins recalls a young R.E.M., without the art school predilections. Singer-songwriter David DeVoe writes uncomplicated songs that he delivers with unpretentious sincerity.”
“Moovers & Shakers 2011: The complete list of our favorite local releases from the past year New Ben Franklins, Miserable (Self-released). While New Ben Franklins frontman Dave DeVoe once said he wanted to sound like the Catherine Wheel playing Johnny Cash songs, on the five-song EP Miserable, he finds himself riding down more of a country road. There's some honky-tonk and a gritty working of a Willie Nelson tune, as well as a bit of shoegaze guitar on one track.”
“Westword Music Showcase 2011 - nominated in Country category”
“Before releasing an EP last year, New Ben Franklins frontman Dave DeVoe said his ultimate goal was to sound like the Catherine Wheel playing Johnny Cash songs. He admitted it was impossible to do, but it was a great goal to have.”
“What makes this lacerating assault cut both ways is that guitarist Dave DeVoe, who wrote the song, has more in common with Townshend than he may care to admit. Like the famed guitarist during the Who's salad days, DeVoe has a high, thin voice and takes an occasional lead vocal on band recordings (the Franklins have issued two cassettes--Blake and the just-released No Songs for Christine), but mainly puts his words into the mouth of a more powerful lead singer.”