EP REVIEW: The Diemakers - Detroit Recordings
By Cyrus Rhodes - 06/10/2013 - 05:24 PM EDT
Artist: The Diemakers
Album: Detroit Recordings (EP)
Label: Detroit Recordings (EP)
Sounds Like: Franz Ferdinand, The Soup Dragons, The Violent Femmes, The Clash, The White Stripes
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Keep Running, Gotta Go, Things
Weakness: A few short sided songs, EP Release
The Diemakers are a Rock and Roll Band pure and simple. Emotive, Unpredictable, Heavy, Psychedelic, Bluesy, and Soulful. Combining classic influences and modern sounds into an original, gritty blend of Rock-N-Roll Freedom, Band members include: Dominic Harris- Vocals & Guitar | Jay Harnish- Bass & Vocals | Sharon Harris- Drums. Their latest release is called Detroit recordings and was released in 2013.
The EP kicks gets off the ground nicely with Way a rocking psychedelic intro piece that serves up classic Alternative Rock groove meshed against thought provoking lyrical content and effective vocals/harmonies from Harris and company. Track 2 “Keep Running” keeps things moving in the right direction with hard hitting intro against steady flowing rhythm, rocked-out guitar against a hooky chorus making for an impressive follow-up statement. Track 3 “Take it Away” is another impressive groove that dishes out driving rock rhythm, impressive hard hitting vocal feel and thought provoking lyrical content throughout that flows and ebbs its way through to motional fruition. The EP makes a great first impression dashing out 3 amazing songs in a row. The musicianship of everyone involved is raw and nitty gritty. I would classify this music as classic Indie Rock, Punk with brief touches of Alternative Rock to Psychedelic Rock of the 70’s. Music is reminiscent of The Clash, The Violent Femmes, and The White Stripes. Along the way you will notice besides the the 4 piece standard things like impressive rhythm guitar, bluesy riffs, impressive solo guitar, harmonies and a thick as a brick rhythm section. What I like the most about this band is how well they seem to groove together, testament to hundreds of hours of writing and rehearsal time no doubt. Now turning our attention over to Harris - as for his vocal abilities well he’s quite marketable. His voice goes down raw but manages to fill the space peacefully and unobtrusively with a timber that hits hard. I might add he takes some impressive vocal risks indicating to me a confident vocal ability. All songs are a bit trippy giving one rare access into the tormented soul of a quintessential artist. This song EP from The Diemakers delivers 6 solid tracks all providing musical enjoyment filled with strong musical variety and diversity. From heartfelt “All the Plans we Made” to rock steady “Things” this EP has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 6 “Gotta Go” the perfect finale statement for a CD like this.
I typically deduct 1 star for EP releases. The full length release is a better format to judge an artist by. A few songs feel like shot and incomplete musical statements to me. I even detected a few minor timing errors on a few tracks.
From start to finish Detroit Recordings by The Diemakers is an impressive musical teaser. It delvers rock solid songwriting that hits hard and delivers consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted, and the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with good old fashioned no holds barred Psychedelic-Indie-Rock fashion. The Diemakers should be a big hit this Summer.
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