Donerail, an American thoroughbred, won the biggest long shot victory in the history of the Kentucky Derby, in 1913. The winning tickets cost two dollars and paid out $184.90.
Donerail, the Portland band, offers a different kind of payoff. It comes in the form of Velvet Underground-flavored chaos, Westerberg-like fragility and genuinely unambiguous rock ‘n roll. More specifically: Destiny & Dishonor, Donerail’s new record.
Recorded live over three days in an abandoned Masonic Temple, Destiny & Dishonor is a raw, sawed-off collection of honest music packed with off-kilter images and rhythms. Like an unapologetic 60s garage band mixing folk/country with indie/punk sans irony; this record brims with jangle, raunch and off-key majesty.
It might be Gram Parsons, or somebody’s long-lost grandpa, but there is a ghost running through this album, bringing a familiarity from the first listen.