Welcome To The Theatre
Release Date: 30.08.19
Fascinating Manchester band Dantevilles release stunning EP Welcome To The Theatre, a fusion of alternative rock and funk. Roxy Gillespie is lucky to review for Louder Than War.
Seeing Dantevilles live is an excellent proposition, so it follows that their recorded material is likely to be of a similar high standard. Welcome To The Theatre makes use of both excellent musical ability and their contrasting, but both equally special, vocalists.
Soundscape is lush and purposefully melodramatic. The music turns and twists like the ‘maze’ in the lyrics. Like dense, sweet aural melted chocolate, it leaves the listener craving more. Atmospheric and beautiful, it has a Persian aftertaste and a suggestion of carnival and circus. In some hands this theatricality might seem a bit over the top, but not on Soundscape, which is arguably the best track on the EP.
Save Me A Dance has more funk and a great alternative rock/pop feel. The vocals take centre stage following the upbeat lead-in from the great funk guitars and backbeat. Again the production and musicianship scream quality. It has the sunny feel which funk seems to produce and is a really lovely track.
Confession is another slice of funk pop/rock that again features distinctive falsetto vocals to great effect. In keeping with the previous tracks it has a rich, varied musical texture, layered, but never heavy or claustrophobic. Dantevilles produce music that has a certain lightness of touch and Confession is a beautiful example of how good their songs are.
Overall, Welcome To The Theatre is everything you would expect from Dantevilles, veering from theatrical alternative rock to softer funk to lighten any mood. It’s well worth a listen and comes highly recommended. If you were lucky enough to grab a ticket for the launch at The Eagle Inn on the 31st you were lucky, as it is now sold out. Get on to Welcome To The Theatre to see why.