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The Mick Collins-led Dirtbombs combined garage-rock and soul and were hailed by many, most notably Spin Magazine, to be one of the greatest live acts in the world, with the transfixing Collins at the center of things, riffing torrentially on his guitar.
Soledad Brothers (with Brian Olive on baritone sax and guitar), wound up finding a notably more receptive audience in Detroit compared than in their actual home just southwest of Toledo, so much so that they were adopted into the Detroit music scene, eventually having Jack White produce their debut recording.“Those early days were amazing, some of the best times of my life,” said Swank.That said, the two Bens — drummers for the respective groups and fellow employees of Jack White's Third Man Records — don’t actually consider their New Year’s Eve concert at the Magic Stick to be a traditional reunion.We can assure you from our chat with Swank (who played drums with lead singer and guitarist Johnny Walker of Soledad Brothers from 1998 to 2006) and Blackwell (who joined the Dirtbombs as a 17-year-old in 1999), that this couldn’t be more casual. Related stories: As Blackwell put it, this is gonna be a party concert; no anxieties to make a big statement or reflect upon the bands' legacies. It’s just that, well, the Magic Stick recently officially switched back to its original rock/pop/indie format — having operated as the dance-music-focused Populux for a little more than a year.Upon hearing that news, Blackwell felt it fitting to curate a show featuring two iconic local bands who, as Swank put it, “made their bones at the Magic Stick.”Indeed, Blackwell said he lost count of how many New Year’s Eves he’d spent at the Magic Stick between 1998 and '08, back when the preeminent garage-rock groups of the era, including the Detroit Cobras, the White Stripes, Soledad Brothers and, yes, the Dirtbombs, often gathered for celebratory nights on any given Dec. Though both Soledad Brothers and the Dirtbombs were caught up in Detroit garage-rock hype at the turn of the millennium, they were distinctive bands.The Soledads were more blues-centric, resurrecting the relentless, primal grooves of seminal electric-blues pioneers like John Lee Hooker and Joe Hill Louis, famously not rehearsing before a show to assure optimal spontaneity and freedom.