Based in Leeds, Deadwall have released a ten-song, full length record entitled ‘The Zero Cliff’. The ten-track collection has been inspired by some of the greatest books written by academics, such as ‘God Is Not Great’ by the late Christopher Hitchens. A mix of experimental indie in some parts, and college rock in others. Available on Vinyl LP.
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I’d say this record was appropriate for the upcoming Spring if it hadn’t just snowed on me all the way to this pre-wintered office. Leeds’ own Deadwall gleefully mix, when they want, the ornateness of new These New Puritans with wacky folk strums, happy Hammond motifs and super-slight harmonies, creating a sound that’s incredibly light and for the most part as charming as a sunray coupled with a light breeze.
All this ignores the fact that Deadwall are occasionally just an indie rock band making slightly cumbersome tunes: I’m not massive on the tune about going back to the ‘70s told in a most alt-rock styling, though they later prove themselves master of a crunchy, wound-up rock song on “Pristine Spirals”, which sounds busy like a Smashing Pumpkins tune. It proves them to be able to flip a coin between pastoral mumblers and distorted throwbackers, while “Cyclones” sees them try on a sorta post-punk guitar line, matching it to a sweet vocal and a glaring synth.
They’re ultimately doing a lot, letting their guitars flow wherever they might choose to -- “Blues & White Blues” is a stream of consciousness ramble tethered to melodic bridges and the kinda super-cool shredding you can imagine doing in the music rooms at school. Their quick changes up in pretty much everything from tempo to timbre makes them kinda lovely to listen to, since you’re hearing them pour their energy into as many classic genres as they want. Good stuff from an imaginative band.
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