Features
Reviews
Must Hear Music
Reviews Archives
Archives
Bargain Basement
Downloads
Music DVD
Upstart
Pipsqueaks
 
 
 
Features
Reviews
Archives
Send Us Mail
Contact Us
 
 

Dropsonic
Insects With Angel Wings
Rowdy Records
www.dropsonic.com


Okay, so I am not the biggest fan of the classic rock genre. I love Led Zeppelin but don't like bands trying to emulate them... until now. But Dropsonic doesn't just sound like Led Zeppelin, they sound like they are channeling them, giving them an updated feel that totally works and is amazingly original while paying obeisance to the past.

This album is just plain awesome as it successfully combines multiple elements of rock, blues and a southern country feel, while being a completely updated form of alternative rock. Even more surprising is the fact that they are a threesome - you would never guess just by listening to their material. From track one they fully control the record, showing they aren't afraid to take chances with variation of slow and hard, and carve a definitive niche in the rock landscape by demonstrating well-conceived choices with breaks, changes and level of pathos.

The most defining factor in Dropsonic's sound is Dan Dixon's vocals; they have that edge that works for all types of material, yet never gets old as he emotes across the record. His guitar parts are all over the place, setting the feel and working the room with finesse. Brian Hunter's drums are intelligent as they provide the backbone and subtly show their teeth at precise moments, showing delicate restraint. Bass always benefits from the three-piece set-up and Dave Chase is in no different position as he utilizes it like a thief, rolling through the songs and carefully emphasizing the drums to near perfection.

Production is perfect; all instruments receive the due respect the album presents. The construction of the album is counter-intuitive but works well, as fast and slow songs are paired without being a hindrance to the record's progression. Whether hard or soft, all the songs maintain identity and intensity that all combine to put this album well over the top for me.

This band will now be indelibly etched into my conscience, as I pull for them to be heard across the nation and beyond. Every song alone would be worth the price of an album, but together they make this record an instant classic that everyone should have in their collection. It has been a while since I heard a band so deserving of adulation, but they deserve it and much more. Go buy this album now, it is not a request, it is an order - just like I am now going to purchase the rest of their discography without hearing the albums, because if they are half as good as this one, they are already must haves.

-bishop

Track Listing:

1. Summer's Gone
2. Spiders
3. Rotten Lie
4. Everyone's A Stranger
5. It Makes No Difference
6. The Big Nothing
7. Wedding Day
8. My Girl
9. Headless
10. When You Die
11. Insane


Check out more reviews

Talk Back
e-mail the chief

Like this article?
e-mail it to a friend!

 


Mike Doughty



none now
-------


South By Southwest 2014
David DeVoe

South By Southwest 2013
David DeVoe

Red Hook Music Festival
George Dow

SXSW 2012
David DeVoe

Our Favorite Records 2011
Hybrid Staff

AWOLNation
Rachel Fredrickson

Kanrocksas
Rachel Fredrickson

Warped Tour 2011
Rachel Fredrickson

Eddie Spaghetti
Melissa Skrbic-Huss

Murder By Death
Mike DeLeo


Mike Doughty
Boulder, CO

Epilogues
Denver, CO

Imagine Dragons
Denver, CO

Sebadoh
Cambridge, MA

Young Magic
Denver, CO

Warped Tour 2012
Denver, CO

Thrice
Denver, CO

Mike Doughty
Denver, CO

MuteMath
Kansas City, MO

Other Lives
Lawrence, KS

Los Campesinos
Boston, MA

The Civil Wars
Lawrence, KS

Ha Ha Tonka
Lawrence, KS

Thrice
Lawrence, KS


 
hybridmagazine.com is updated daily except when it isn't.
New film reviews are posted every week like faulty clockwork.
Wanna write for hybrid? Send us an e-mail.
© 1996-2009 [noun] digital media. All rights reserved worldwide. All content on hybridmagazine.com and levelheadedmusic.com is the intellectual property of Hybrid Magazine and its respective creators. No part of hybridmagazine.com or levelheadedmusic.com may be reproduced in any format without expressed written permission. For complete masthead and physical mailing address, Click Here.