Monday, December 10, 2012
REVIEW: Dignan Porch - Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen
If you are a frequent reader of these pages, you already will be familiar with two bands that we think are recording excellent psychedelic rock, Radar Eyes and Bare Mutants (both from Chicago, by the way). Add to that list, with star if you please, London's Dignan Porch. You can be sure that this group has the hazy psychedelic sound completely dialed in, and any doubters need only listen to the evidence on their sophomore LP, Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen. The astute fan may note that the album was released on Captured Tracks several months ago. Yes, it is true that I'm late on this review, but my delay was unavoidable and involves matters of national security. More or less. And in any case, this post is in time for your year-end lists and holiday shopping, so I think we are good here.
Dignan Porch originally was the solo recording project of Joe Walsh. The current line-up consists of Joe Walsh on guitar and vocals, Sam Walsh on lead guitar, Hayley Akins on keyboard and vocals, Ben Goodwin on bass and Stephen Keane on drums. In addition to the psychedelic element I noted, there are bits of shoegaze, and at times when the keys kick in I detect a resemblance to Inspiral Carpets. And they display a great ear for both atmosphere and melody while never forgetting the hooks. If you like fuzzy, lo-fi psychedelic rock, this may be your first choice.
Try out their great sound on tracks "Pink Oil" and "Sad Shape" --
If you want to stream the entire album, or buy the digital via Bandcamp, here is the link. I believe the vinyl may be sold out.
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