PHOTOS: Detroit Cobras at the Larimer Lounge in Denver - Reverb

Live review: Detroit Cobras @ the Larimer Lounge

Detroit Cobras are a cover band, but they are not just any cover band. They specialize in the rich sounds of classic Motown, put through a blender of fuzz and guitars, and sung by throaty lead singer Rachel Nagy.

This band has had the basics of the Black Keys and White Stripes lo-fi garage rock sound from the time they formed in 1994, just not the same gift for writing original material. Sure, they have one original song, “Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat),” but the gems are in the re-imagining of classics. The Cobras didn’t seem entirely pleased with their sound set up at the Larimer Lounge on Monday, stopping and starting a few times, and even resorted to borrowing a bobby pin from the crowd to tweak a microphone.

However, when Nagy sings, “Come on baby, let’s do the twist,” on “Cha Cha Twist,” you have a feeling they are on to something special. This is music you can cruise to in your Detroit steel, and fast. The style, the uptempo delivery, and oh those glorious riffs on song with run-times that seemed less than two minutes each. Hitting their stride on “Yaki Taki,” the Cobras proved it doesn’t have to be original, it just has to be good, and on Monday night, it was darned good.

A powerful opening set was provided by Girl in a Coma, a San Antonio-based trio that carried a more modern vibe. Their “Badcat” amp head seemed fitting, and they provided some covers as well with renditions of Jeff Buckley tunes, and even “Walking After Midnight” and their original “Yo Oigo.”

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