The Baketones are locals faves

New music: Inspired The Yardbirds, their songs bleed dirty, bluesy garage.

It's not often that a band receives unanimous praise from the likes of But The Baketones managed to inspire five pages of accolades on the local message board---after their first show ever, this past February.

"I wondered how we managed to dupe all these people," says guitarist Morgan Rigby. After a quick listen at the band's MySpace, it's not really hard to see why everyone is losing it over The Baketones---they're really fucking good. The band claims they are inspired by "the bands that inspired The Yardbirds and The Yardbirds" and their songs bleed dirty, bluesy garage. "I'm A Caveman" is a weird psych freakout a la King Khan, complete with grunts, while "My Sights Are Set On You" features singer Ben Kelly barking come-ons over a nasty guitar riff.

The band says they're evaluating an offer from a Montreal record label and looking for a new keyboard player. Mostly, they seem baffled by the attention.

"I didn't expect anyone to like what we're doing," says Kelly. "I guess we're doing something right."

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