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The Paybacks

With the Priests. Saturday, February 22, at the Lime Spider.

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The Paybacks
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Think that all Detroit's new rock underground has to offer is the White Stripes? Think again. After making their recorded debut with three tracks on the Jack White-curated Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit compilation in 2001, the Paybacks issued their full-length bow, Knock Loud, in 2002 on Get Hip and promptly turned the trash-rock cognoscenti on in a big way.

Led by singer-guitarist Wendy Case and guitarist Marco Delicato, the quartet's debut rocks and pops like nobody's business, full of powerhouse drums, big fat choruses and riffs, and more hooks than a tackle box. Topped with Case's sandpaper-and-whiskey vocals, the Paybacks conjure up images of a ballsier Cheap Trick or a pre-disco Blondie album smothered in grease. The louder you play 'em, the better they sound, which makes a live gig the best place to experience the mayhem. Don't forget your earplugs.

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