Music: Where the Lifeline Is

The Del-Lords play rock that is righteous as a baptism

Wash up and get ready for a terrific new band.

The Del-Lords believe in rock not only as a means of rhythmic release but also as a vehicle of conscience. Their songs are fleet enough to get an audience moving and tough enough to make them stop and think once the beat lets go. Scott Kempner plays a hard guitar, writes most of the Del-Lords' material and takes his lead vocals on songs the way a pistolero goes for his gun. Listen to him talk, and it quickly becomes clear that he wants the audience to share the band's life-or-death dedication...

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