The term 'blues-rocker' doesn't begin to capture the force of nature that is Halley DeVestern. The 'red-headed howitzer's' new CD more than fulfills the promise of her critically acclaimed debut 'Sugar Free' and it's acoustic followup, 'Live at the Towpath Inn.' With producer Denise Barbarita at the helm, 'Superhero Killer' flings open the infernal gates with a rawer sound than ever. With her 'ballsy howling vocals, crisply written songs [and] hard-hitting lyrics' (Good Times), DeVestern takes on the kind of incendiary subject matter few adult pop artists can tackle convincingly, taking no prisoners as she pounds out eleven fiery tales of righteous rebels, mass murderers, serial killers and schizophrenics. As the feminist publication Expository Magazine notes, 'Titles like 'Strangled in the Park' only hint at the territory DeVestern is willing to tread.' Unrestrained passion, literary precision and danceable flair combine to make the CD as accessible as it is powerful. Spiced up with blues, retro-rock and funk, the Brooklyn diva's new release displays 'a much more raw and edgy Halley' (The Celebrity Cafe). 'Collected Sounds' worries, 'Is everyone in the band okay? Do you need somebody to talk to?...I can confess to the desperate desire to be first in line for their next live show because I have to experience this music to believe it.' If you've read this far, you need to experience 'Superhero Killer'! The Halley DeVestern Band has rocked crowds at blues clubs and festivals, jam band jubilees, and black-box rock venues throughout the Northeast. And a whole different set of audiences - those who know Halley as a sometime touring lead singer with Janis Joplin's band Big Brother and the Holding Company - have been equally enthusiastic about the Janis-channeler's original material. According to the Kentucky music magazine 'Amplifier,' 'some will find DeVestern's unvarnished approach too provocative or uncomfortable to be their cup of tea.' But Halley's thousands of fans across the country (and, thanks to the Internet, the world) know that music can be fun and accessible even while it challenges your soul. So take up the challenge! 'Superhero Killer' might just change your life.
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