Today’s new artist is Dexters who have a new single about to drop at the end of May – one which should get the band the attention Katie Clare thinks they deserve.
There is something undeniably urban and masculine about this sympathetically polished, energetically anthemic East London indie rock band Dexters. While the raw scuzzy guitars and drums reiterate an established punk punch, their melodious sways, exuberant vocals and an unquestionable aura of affability raises them significantly above the standard in their genre.
While Dexters as a band was established in 2011, frontman Tom Rowlett, guitarists Chris Heggie, Ben Debo, bassist Vincent Dignan and drummer Chris Mardon grew up together and that sense of friendship and camaraderie has certainly found its way into their music such that you get the feeling that whenever and wherever these guys play that is where the messiest party will be. They saw 2011 out taking themselves around the UK with The Twang, supporting Shaun Ryder and having ‘Start To Run’ first featured on Soccer AM before it went on to become Q Magazine’s Track of the Day.
For Dexters 2012 started and continued with a wealth of dates supporting the likes of Reverend & The Makers, The Heartbreaks and The Enemy, with this came an increase in excitement about the band, their honest vitality onstage carrying their name to both media and new fans. November saw the release of their first single ‘Recover’. Imitative to some degree ‘Recover’ holds its own as a tremendously enjoyable three minutes of poppy punk rock, in their first video the band visibly establish their image and style with the listening audience, the first version of which has now been assigned to personal viewing only for the Dexters family as it contravened YouTube’s content rules. No one’s claiming a musical revolution here ‘Recover’ is a new band trying out their creative wings and as part of their fledgling flights it is profuse with impetuous youthful vigour and that isn’t anything bad. It is also noteworthy that they sold out of the 7” vinyl of the single.
Prior to supporting The Courteeners this February and March, Dexters offered up a new track ‘Oceans’ as a free download. A blisteringly pursuit through layers of runaway speed it is urgent, righteous and thrilling. ‘Oceans’ shows that there is unique depth, texture and heart in Dexters future: rather than what originally looked like lingering a little too much in homage.
Dexters second single ‘Start To Run’ to be released on May 27th, a limited edition vinyl will be available too for those with the fastest fingers,plus with their debut album on the horizon; 2013 is looking like the year Dexters will build upon their solid foundations.
April 5th Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms
April 6th Glasgow, Maggie Mays
May 17th Stockton, Ku Bar
May 18th Southampton, Lennon’s
May 22nd Manchester, The Castle Hotel
May 23rd London, The Lexington
May 24th Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
May 25th Otley, Courthouse Street
All words by Katie Clare. More writing by Katie on Louder Than War can be found in her author’s archive.