The Devil Makes Three Play Webster Hall on Thursday

November 19th, 2013

The Devil Makes Three are an enigmatic band. First of all, they have no drummer. And despite the group’s three members—Peter Bernhard (vocals and guitar), Cooper McBean (banjo and vocals) and Lucia Turino (upright bass and vocals)—making their home in Santa Cruz, Calif., they each originally hail from New England. Plus, let’s face it, for a band based in California, they have an undoubtedly nuanced Southern sound, layering rhythm and harmonies over blues, bluegrass, country, ragtime and rockabilly to make their own unique folk-punk blend, garnering comparisons to Steve Earle, the Violent Femmes and the White Stripes in the process. Thanks to their high-energy live performances, the Devil Makes Three (above, performing “Walk on Boy”) have earned a reputation on the festival circuit as a band not to miss. But they still spend time recording in the studio: Last month the trio released I’m a Stanger Here (stream it below), which was produced in Nashville by Buddy Miller. Pop Matters calls it “a top-notch album that sounds like the band is finally reaching their potential and seizing this opportunity.” Join in on the sing-along fun when the Devil Makes Three play Webster Hall on Thursday night. Arrive early to check out the opening act, Shakey Graves.