Be Here Now: The Reducers @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 6/12/10

June 11th, 2010, 12:15 pm by Greg

The ReducersThe Reducers formed when punk was still brand new, but what they took away from it was not the fashion of safety pins or spiky hair, it was the fierce independent spirit along with a sense of urgency in their music – traits the Reducers have stayed true to for over thirty years.

What the Reducers have always been is a pub band – and I mean a really good bar band. From under the thatch of his trademark curly locks, Reducers’ guitarist-vocalist Peter Detmold says, “I’ve got no problem with that tag – I even wrote a song about it called ‘Pub Rocking.’ (duh) In the late 70’s, when musical role models tended to be stuff like Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Styx, Kansas, blah-blah- blah – when we heard Dr. Feelgood, Ducks Deluxe and all that crew, we thought, ‘THAT’S the stuff!’ We used them as a blueprint for the band, along with the earlier rock and rollers, and the soon-to-arrive punk rockers. At the end of the day, it’s all rock & roll. And THAT’S what we like!”

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