Formed in the early '90s, the duo known as Drexel
slowly transformed from a '70s rock cover band (with a penchant for Todd Rundgren
and Professor Longhair
) into beer-swilling pioneers of redneck chic. Countrifried guitar and a mystic lounge delivery (Screamin' Jay Hawkins
-style) easily identify the group from the rest of the underground rockabilly pack. Made up of singer David Sparks
and multi-instrumentalist Brian Pelfrey
, the two quite literally began playing cover shows of their influences and slowly mutated into the act they became by Ohio
, their first album. Also known for their unusual stage show (clown makeup, strange costumes, etc.), the band carved out a distinctive place in Ohio's indie rock scene.