Dantevilles aren’t the kind of band you would expect to come from Manchester, given the city’s musical heritage. Their music is owes more to radio-friendly danceable soft rock of the ‘70s than the Hacienda. However, their ear for melody, incisive guitars, and compelling manner give them the potential to rule a new Manchester sound. 5-Track 12" EP on Heist or Hit.
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Incredibly smooth and soft are these Dantevilles, a Manchester rock outfit who pack a punch-jangle sandwich on these five new songs. A snarky bassline is all they need to rest their case: the record opens on the assured rhythmic nod of “Blackjack” before switching into the gorgeous, sun-kissed “It Might Be Tomorrow”, a song of shimmering holiday chords and open-plan production. Listening to these beaming songs, that land somewhere between the twin glees of Bastille and Future Islands, you can’t help but feel this band don’t belong to rainy Manchester.
The upswinging strums of “The Fighter”, stirred up with a rocksteady bassline and some seeping harmonies, show off the Dantevilles’ sound, but also the improvements they can make to it; this stuff is sweet and dreamy, but there’s so much empty, unused space in these songs, a vacuum created by an over-sanitised studio. They could make it a little more their own -- but that’s up to them.
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