I am not sure why the phenomenon exists but certain areas of the country give birth to bands with a similar sound. Many bands from LA for example are typified by an underground funky sound that relies heavily on the interplay of bass and drums. Bands from Austin have a similar personality rooted in the Texas twang of the past and bands from the industrial northeast are often times easily recognizable. The bands from the northeast are identified by gritty guitars and commonly use horns to great effect in their music. Bands like Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and artists like Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and Bon Jovi are easily grouped into this clique.
The music tradition of this region is deep and I suppose heavily influenced by shared experiences. The Dave Goddess group rises from this rich tradition and carries the mantel into the 21st century. Their debut release in 2010 set the stage and they are back with a four song EP released in late 2014. The EP is called "Blown Away" and the title track immediately identifies them with their better known counterparts. The tune starts off with a gritty guitar riff and a bass line that is unmistakable. Right after the bridge, the wailing sax solo leaves no doubt that this band is here to party. The song employs familiar themes "the devil is in the details", and invokes "the promised land" and the band is clearly comfortable channeling Bruce and his disciples.
Dave Goddess has the chops, the voice, the riffs and the forebears are undeniable. Unfortunately, we've been there and done that. Not to say that The Dave Goddess Group isn't a kick ass party band that can keep you rocking until the wee hours of the morning but in terms of wide national appeal, the band emerged 20 years too late.
Uncle Duke; a.k.a. Rob Penland is the producer and host of "The Mad Music Asylum" a 4 hour weekly syndicated radio show and now a 24 hour streaming internet station.