Flat Duo Jets – Go Go Harlem Baby
The Flat duo Jets were the guys who put the “power” in “power duo.” Their second album, 1991’s Go Go Harlem Baby, is an amazing example of how two people can sound like more with 16 tracks that range from thoughtful old-school rock and roll to blistering rockabilly. Frontman Dexter Romweber’s raspy howls and gritty searing guitar bring a hip edge to each number while drummer Chris “Crow” Smith’s bombastic beats drive each number. They truly proved that a little goes a long way. You don’t need fancy studios or top-of-the-line equipment, you just need to grab what you got and kick butt.
As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of power duos. I came upon the Flat Duo Jets when I was researching new power duo bands to listen to (I really do love that format) and they absolutely blew me away. Right after I first listened to Go Go Harlem Baby I wanted to restart it from the beginning because I felt I missed something and NEEDED to hear it again. It has such an amazing energy that it took two listens back to back to take it all in! It’s no wonder these guys are listed as a major influence by so many modern indie rockers. They sure have left their mark on me and I recommend giving them a spin because I’m sure they will do the same to you.