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The Devil Makes Three record live album

By Steve Palopoli

The Devil Makes Three have been spoiled by good audiences. As in, crazy good. In Portland, the band sold out the 800-seat Wonder Ballroom, and two nights before that, fans were bum-rushing the stage when they played to a thousand people in Humboldt County.

"It was complete mayhem," says guitarist and lead singer Pete Bernhard. "Now when we get a quiet, normal audience, we're like, 'Don't you like us?'"

The answer's yes. Among the new songs DM3 are playing on this tour is "He Calls That Religion," a song originally done by the Mississippi Sheiks in the 1920s. "It's sort of a cover song, except I rewrote all the lyrics," says Bernhard. "There are so many great preacher scandals right now."

Another untitled new song sees the band branching into yet another genre—Sam Cooke-type soul—and a third, "This Life," is a classic our-life-as-a-band tale. "It's all about how what we do is somewhat insane, but we all love it a lot," says Bernhard.

There's that element of psychosis again. On this tour, the craziness will be documented for a live album when the Devil Makes Three play Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, at the Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8:30pm. $19. 707.765.2121.

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