"In vitro," usually associated with fertility, means in an environment outside the organism, or "in glass," and that certainly fits the process of trying to capture a band's sound in the walls of a studio or, in this case, a Live Performance at KDHX. The new album, "I'm a Stranger Here," is a stellar reflection of the band, their great sound and their message. The songs played here in this session are all from the new album, and they do not suffer from translation either.
Lucia Turino, Cooper McBean and Pete Bernhard formed TDM3 in Santa Cruz but their sound is anything but southern Californian. New Englanders by birth, they often are categorized as bluegrass, due to their instrumentation, but this is Americana with attitude. It's more like Jimmie Rodgers than Bill Monroe, more like Chicago blues played for the crowd at Ryman Auditorium. But listen to the lyrics, as they speak specifically to this century, our times and the pissed off sneer of someone holding on to their humor. But just barely.