Daddy Long Legs 'Devil in the Details'

Daddy Long Legs are a four piece band which features Mike Elliott (Guitar/Vocals), Chris “Junior” Malleck (Harmonica/Backing Vocals), Steve Toms (Bass/Tambourine/Kick Drum/Backing Vocals), and Jeff Wagner (Drums). Formed in 2001 and presently based in Waterloo, Ontario, Daddy Long Legs play what they like to call Canadian garage blues; "ragged and greasy in all the right places ".

This is out and out, downright dirty blues, large and loud. The production is in your face and very vibrant with the opening tracks The Devil’s in the Details and Your Love is Killing Me coming at you like a train.

I am reminded of that fine blues band from England, Paul Lamb & the King Snakes, as I listen to the eleven tracks here. The guitar work of Mike Elliott when mixed with the fine harmonica playing of Chris Malleck, makes a compelling argument for the attraction inherent in the best Blues workouts.

Some will argue that this genre has already thrown up all that can be expected from what is a limited palette of possibilities but, then again, bands like Daddy Long Legs are trying to place their own particular stamp in the history books.

Borrowed Time and 40 Hour Week are vibrant examples of a new twist on the old standard approach to swinging with the beat. The final track Dug my own Grave brings proceedings to a fine conclusion with the band holding back in classic style to deliver an atmospheric piece of swampy blues playing.