We were bummed to hear that our favorite musical identical-twin brothers,Anthony and Zachary Dewar
, were leaving their suburban West Palm Beach abode to the even more suburban, cutesy, bed-and-breakfast-filled Spanish colonial town of St. Augustine. This was both for the group's eclectic, off-centered Leonard Cohen-meets-Syd Barrett tunes as much as for their infamous band-filled house parties.
Leave it to the random Dewar brothers to dish out the most uncanny, unforeseen cover that New Times' Chronic Cover Songs series has heard so far. Moving past the fog-filled '80s and the psychedelic '60s and '70s, the Dewars sweep us to a time when the government was using propaganda techniques to frighten Americans into believing that just one toke of a joint could actually lead a person to hopeless insanity, murder, or overt sexuality (hmmm, we still can reasonably debate the latter), the 1930s. Don't believe us? Peep this video here.
Anthony and Zachary took it upon themselves to cover not just one but two of the swing era's more pro-cannabis hits, "All the Jive Is Gone," by Andy Kirk and the Twelve Clouds of Joy, and "Reefer Man," by Cab Calloway. Quite a bold choice and a curious undertaking for two guys barley in their 20s.
The Dewar brothers bring a vaudevillian flair to their mishmash interpretation here, with a lackadaisical pace delivered over piano keys that seem time-warped straight from a dusty Prohibition-era gin mill.
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