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Dexter Romweber
Chased By Martians

The recent breakup of The Flat Duo Jets after 14 years came as a shock to me, but I should have known that frontman Dexter Romweber would be back in action in no time. On his new solo release, Chased By Martians (Manifesto), the eccentric singer and guitarist once again delivers the kind of roots rock-and-roll that keeps his cult following growing strong.


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The action-packed Martians offers 18 tracks, predominantly Romweber originals and most only two minutes long. Consequently, some of the covers feel more like cameo appearances, such as the Eddie Cochran instrumental "Guybo," clocking in at a mere 1:36. But the brevity of the tracks also allows Romweber to play with the pace of the album, delivering a nice balance of adrenaline-charged barnburners and slow, soulful numbers. The high-octane "Rockin' Maybelle" leads into the somber ballad "Used To You," which is immediately followed by the spooky, "Do the Lurd!!"

As always, Dexter draws from diverse elements of classic American music. The driving opener, "15,000 Lives," blends the movie Western sound of old style country with the gothic quality of The Cramps, while "The Seeker," is an upbeat, folksy number. Other songs are pure Rockabilly, including Romweber's "Late at Night" and "Hold Me Baby," penned by drummer Sam "Crash LaResh" Sandler. Start to finish, Chased by Martians affirms Dexter Romweber's unbridled talent and endless passion for true American rock-and-roll.

—Leslie Rosenberg

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