Album Review: Other Brothers — Born Out Of Tune

The Other Brothers

Born Out Of Tune

In April, KUNI’s Mark Simmet interviewed Des Moines Blues Rock trio the Other Brothers, who had just released their third album, Born Out Of Tune. He brought up the question of what to call their brand of music and decided it was classic rock. The conversation turned to how classic rock has gotten a kind of stigma based on the typical limited radio station song rotation, but that the sound of that music is making another comeback. Guitars are cool again and bands like the Other Brothers are are getting deserved attention from it.

The Other Brothers — Eli Clark on guitar, vocals and harmonica, Lorenz Inez on bass and Jason Kadiwhompus on drums — aren’t a tired retread of classic rock formula. Born Out Of Tune continues the blues rock template that they cut back in 2015. This year, the band was a finalist in the Central Iowa Blues Society’s 24th annual Iowa Blues Challenge. Songs like bar ode “The Clementine” and “Red Bandana” feature a foot-stomping, swampy, country blues drawl that reminds me of the perennially cool Ray Wylie Hubbard and maybe a bit of Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams.

When the band is driving in a groove — as in the song “This Time You’ll Notice” — they sound more like early proto-metal, like Blue Cheer or the MC5 or British pub rockers Dr. Feelgood. If you were a fan of Jet at the peak of their powers, you’ll dig this. Listening to Born Out Of Tune, it reminds me that there just isn’t enough unabashed balls-to-the-wall riff rock out there these days.

We seem to have moved so far away from the roots of our own rock and roll music that any current music anchored in blues riffs and led by guitars and swagger becomes something of a curiosity. The guys in the Other Brothers have made this their standard to bear, and while they may have been born out of tune, they seem to be right on time.

This article was originally published in Little Village issue 250.

Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV »


Summer Programs 2020

Get 150+ local restaurants delivered to your door in the Iowa City & Cedar Rapids areas!

The Future is Unwritten

You look to Little Village for today’s stories. Your sustaining support will help us write tomorrow’s.


$10/mo or $120/year
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.


$20/mo or $240/year
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.


$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW) connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.