1996 – present (21 years)
Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan, United States
The Deluxtone Rockets were a band from Muskegon, Michigan. They began as a punk band, but by the time of their signing to Tooth & Nail Records they had evolved into a swing revival outfit.
Their first album, which was self titled, was produced by Gene Eugene and Dennis Danell. They wrote their own songs. Their musical style and lyrics were often compared to The W's, but John Brown's lead vocals were likened to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' Dicky Barrett or The Reverend Horton Heat.
In their second album, Green Room Blues, the group dropped the horn section entirely and shifted to a rockabilly sound. The albums title reflects the fact that both Eugene and Danell died in early 2000, during production of the album. Though Danell had not been involved in the production, Eugene had been, and was replaced by Chris Colbert. The album has a darker mood than their debut effort, though its lyrics still reflect the faith of John Brown (actually, John is also a youth pastor). The album also contained a cover of The Cure's "Lovesong".
They are known for setting their trumpets on fire during live performances.
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