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"Basement rock that's rock solid"

building a local stage
January 24, 2006

"The band took risks in writing and performing their songs, occasionally compromising the fluidity and seamless integration they proved themselves more than capable of in order to incorporate a metal-style riff into a more relaxed song or to give a harder song a playful intermission."

- The Pitt News

"The Douglass Brothers' 'shred' starts to spread"

"Pedestrian Jaywalking," which can be heard at, is somewhere between a raw, skuzzy tribute to the bands's influences and what sounds like an all-out, last-ditch showcase of their musician-ship. Hearing that song, one would be hard-pressed to dig up the group's jam-band roots, although Hartle is quick to mention that there is a lot of variety in their sound. He's always pleased that there isn't just one particular song their audiences are especially fond of; everyone has a different favorite. "That's good to hear because it means we haven't written just one good song." - The Duquesne Duke

"Still in the Basement Review"

NOVEMBER 2, 2006
The Douglass Brothers
Still in the Basement
GD Records


Holy shit, this record's wild. Local newcomers The Douglass Brothers kick off Still in the Basement with a slab of saturated guitars eerily reminiscent of early Stooges ... before downshifting into a different groove altogether.

Recorded by Joe Bartolotta at Machine Age studios, the disc's a reverberating, raunchy romp through '70s blues-rock, Melvins meatiness, slacker word-stew, and gentler textures reminiscent of Loaded-era Velvets. On "Midnite in Vegas," the vocals (courtesy Bob Hartle and Chris Kudrick) combine Lou Reed's swagger with Tom Verlaine's erratic intonation. Drummer Matt Cable never wimps out on the heavy grooves, and guitarist Steve Whooler isn't listed as "master shredder" in the liner notes for nothing: His screaming lead lines lend the tracks a creepy wildness, especially on "Unchartered Territory."

It's equally primitive and progressive, metallic and moody, but the best part about Still in the Basement is that it oozes its own funky personality and infectious sense of fun.

- Pittsburgh City Paper

"Douglass Brothers' release offers simple dreams, a sense of humor"

October 4th 2007
by Manny Theiner

Douglass Brothers

Full Tilt Boogie


Who are the Douglass Brothers? Based on this new four-song EP and what I've read on the Internets, they seem to be four average dudes (none of whom are named Douglass) who work day jobs in Pittsburgh and Erie while jamming to classic radio tuneage to make the hours go faster. On weekends, they just want to kick back, drive to small bars around the tri-state area and purvey their basement-crafted bar rock.

The Brothers have simple dreams tinged with a healthy, pop-cultural sense of humor. ("I want look like Steven Seagal / Because his hair's still bad / Because the '90s were rad.") Though they sport reasonable hairdos and probably often wear ballcaps, they keep one eye on the long-haired underground, following the strains of stoner rock and European power metal, while injecting ridiculous master-shredder guitar solos where they least belong, for maximum face-scrunching effect.

They even play a self-referential theme song called "Queen's Crown," which relates the blow-by-blow saga of the band's formation, while claiming "this could be the greatest story / in rock and roll history." It's a masterstroke aspiring to the level of Weird Al Yankovic.

This CD -- with its home-pressed appearance, like someone tied up Mondrian in a cellar and force-fed him Iron City -- won't cause the music-industry vultures to descend, searching ravenously for their latest pound of flesh. But it will paste a shit-eating, roller-coaster grin wide across your smug puss for a good 15 minutes. Which is better than sitting in Parkway traffic, listening to KDKA in your crappy Geo Metro.

The Douglass Brothers CD-release show with Chad Sipes Stereo 10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 Club Café, 57-59 S. 12th St., South Side. $5. 412-431-4950 - Pittsburgh City Paper

"The Douglass Brothers - Still in the Basement"

"Hailing from Pittsburgh, the Douglass Brothers display on their LP release Still in the Basement their youth and future potential as a band, but also a few amateurish blunders that manifest themselves throughout the album."

"They would be a band to watch out for, as they have displayed tremendous guitar playing potential." - Music Emissions


Venues we have played:

Pittsburgh - everywhere
Erie PA - Beer Mug, Sherlocks
NYC- Arlene's Grocery, Fontana's, Kenny's Castaways, Don Hills
Buffalo - Merlins
Ithaca NY - The Nines
Philadelphia - Pontiac Grille
Cleveland - Phantasy Niteclub
Morgantown WV - Fuel
Trumansburg NY - The Rongovian Embassy
Syracuse NY - Station 58
Lexington KY - A1A

Coming in October of 2007 will be a new EP titled Full Tilt Boogie. This limited release put out by GD Records will contain 4 songs. The track list is as follows:
Mondo Man
Queen's Crown

The self-produced debut LP "Still in the Basement" was released on November 3rd, 2006. It is available over the internet on CD Baby, Amazon, Ebay and through download at iTunes.

A variety of songs from Still in the Basement and Full Tilt Boogie have been played on the these radio stations:
105.9 WXDX (The X)
91.3 WYEP (National Public Radio)
91.2 WPTS
90.3 WDUQ
90.1 WIUP
Internet: (our first single, Pedestrian Jaywalking, was the #1 song throughout February 2006) (reached #1 on the Alternative Metal playlist in 2006)



The origin of The Douglass Brothers can be traced back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the winter of 2004. That is when Chris Kudrick and Bob Hartle paid a visit to a night shift grocery store produce manager named Steve Whooler. At this point Whooler was somewhat of an underground cult hero known simply as “master shredder.” Whether it was because of his guitar-playing prowess or his love of everything Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is still unknown to this day.

TDB grew into its current form with the acquisition of George “Georgey” Yovetich on the skins. Although comparisons have ranged the whole way from The Stooges to Interpol, The Douglass Brothers produce a truly unique sound. Their debut album, Still in the Basement, was released November 3rd 2006 on Hartle's own Grandpa Douglass Records.

TDB’s biggest break yet came when Whooler was switched to the daytime shift, allowing the band to spend nights and weekends however they please. No one can predict the future, but if the past is any indication TDB will not live up to their own expectations…Good thing no one can predict the future.