Tuesday, August 2, 2011
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: DOG DAY - DEFORMER
The mix of muddy and melodic is always a bit distracting to my ears, having grown up in the Pop Wars of the 60's and 70's. You youngsters wouldn't remember, but knights such as Darth Spector and Obi-Wan Wilson used to wield their light sabers to make the music bigger and brighter. So when I hear great chord changes and boy-girl harmonies buried in a mix that only allows grungy guitar and clashing cymbals behind muffled lyrics, it makes me strain. I have no doubt the Canine Couple could compete on that level, they just choose not to.
Stripping down to a two-piece actually works in the group's favour, as Deformer is their most concise and complete effort. The songs have a more finished feeling, and a general glow that was missing on occasion before. With only themselves to worry about, less becomes more. There's even a bit more experimentation, with some different guitar sounds, tempos and changes that wouldn't be so effective in a larger group context. With results this good, if I was a bass player, I'd be worried about this becoming a trend.