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The Devil Makes a real band

These New England folkies bring a punk energy to their performance that needs to be taken seriously.

If a bunch of young Londoners, namely Mumford & Sons, can become the toast of America's young folkgrass scene, then why can't a drummerless New England old- timey troupe return the favor across the pond? At least, that's what acoustic trio The Devil Makes Three is itching for.

"We really want our next album to get us over to Europe," says Devil Makes Three's co-guitarist and co-singer Pete Bernhard. "That's one of the things we're hoping for next year. It's a big goal to get over to Europe and play."

Brattleboro, Vt., native Bernhard formed DMT with his high school pal, guitarist Cooper McBean, and New Hampshire-born stand-up bassist Lucia Turino a decade ago before Mumford made folk hip (again).

"Me and Cooper, when we were really young, we were interested in fingerpicking and folk music. It was considered so uncool; most of our friends were into metal and rock. One of the reasons we ended up playing together is because no one in our age group wanted to play with us. People thought we were such nerds," he recalls. "Well, we still are."

After their fall tour, DMT begin recording a new album, which follows five records, both live and studio recordings, and a touring schedule that saw them play Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and, appropriately, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

"When we started, no one would take us seriously, playing acoustic instruments with no drums," recalls Bernhard. "They'd put us on stage to play while they were setting up. We weren't considered a real band."

Punk for the folk

Despite their inner leanings toward folk and country music, Bernard and McBean cut their teeth playing punk rock. And the reason was simple: “Because it was so fun!” Bernard says with an emphatic whoop. “It was just a blast. With this band, we set out to make folk as fun to see as a punk show. Folk music can be very quiet and still. We wanted our show to be more fun, [to] get people up to dance.”

If you go

The Devil Makes Three

With Brown Bird

Next Friday, 8 p.m.

The Paradise

967 Comm. Ave., Boston

$18, 18+, 800-745-300


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