Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dearly Beloved - Make it Bleed

We almost didn't get around to celebrating Record Store Day yesterday, but after a couple of drinks at dinner, we decided to drop by the local Zia Records and see if we could find anything (drunken record shopping used to be a regular occurrence for us in LA, but the shops in Vegas are generally a little too far from our house).

One of the things that Melanie picked up was this CD, based on the description that the employees gave (something to the effect of "a mix of 70's punk and Detroit rock") since she is always on the hunt for something new and different to listen to. For those familiar with older garage bands, this is a new group and has nothing to do with the 60's band of the same name.

With a modern, punk-ish, sorta noisy sound fronted by a female singer (with plenty of vocal contributions by the guys), the comparisons to Garbage are inevitable and not undeserved. They have plenty of other influences that they are not afraid to wear on their sleeves, from the Eagles of Death Metal and Queens of the Stone Age (some songs sounding almost exactly like these bands) to the White Stripes (which is now apparently the definition of "Detroit Rock" instead of the MC5 and Stooges, which is what people my age think of as the Detroit sound) to a blatant rip-off of AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" as a basis for a song. 70's and 80's punk and new wave sounds abound, as well, down to a snippet that seems to have been taken from the Suburban Lawns' "Janitor".

Like the other bands mentioned above, the Dearly Beloved are modern-sounding and like some dissonance with their punk, but for fans of these groups, this is another good addition to the genre.