Concert review: The Devil Makes Three at Social


The Devil Makes Three at The Social, in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. ( Chloe Lomelli / Valencia Voice)

Anticipation fill atmosphere as people packed into The Social on Oct. 23.

With drinks in hand, the audience geared up for The Devil Makes Three (TDM3). Shouts spilled out of audience member’s mouths as the trio walked on stage. The band consists of lead guitarist/vocalist Pete Bernhard, standup  bass player Lucia Turino and guitarist Cooper Mcbean. They also had their soundman and violinist Spencer Swain help on the song “Johnson Family,” off their 2009 album “Do Wrong Right.”

TDM3 wasted no time and promptly began their set with the song “Stranger,” off their latest album, “I’m A Stranger Here.” The hand clapping, square dancing and the beer spilling commenced as the band’s cross of blues, country and ragtime with traces of punk touched the ears of the audience. The band plays their acoustic instruments through amps and feels they do not need a drummer to get the crowd moving.

It is nearly impossible to categorize TDM3’s sound but Bernhard would not have it any other way.The rapid finger-moving trio played an array of songs off their various albums. With Bernhard’s twangy voice, Mcbean’s genius banjo work and Turino’s flowy bass playing the group kept the energy up with songs such as “Old Number 7,” “Do Wrong Right” and “Gracefully Facedown.” Then slowed the set down with songs like “Graveyard.”

The audience danced wildly and was a bit sloppy, but still managed to be very polite and thoughtful of those who wanted to get closer to the band. The Devil Makes Three has a strong fan base. People like Danielle Smith, who thinks their music is “awesome,” follows the band from to show-to-show. Therefore, a hyped crowd only made sense. “I like when people are wild, it’s better than them just staring and standing there,” said Turino. “I thought they were fun,” she added.

Focus was the music and TDM3 did not speak too much while on stage, but never failed to say thank you between songs. “Straight to the point, I like it,” said audience member Meche Ausina. She did not mind the fact the trio did not speak directly to the audience and the rest of the crowd did not seem to mind either. Those who really had something to say could talk and take pictures with Turino and Bernhard after the show. The two were pleasant and seemed to care about what their fans had to say.