Louder Than War released their debut, Surge of Youth, in 2012. We take a listen to Deadbeat Echoes blistering follow up, set for release on Monday (11 March).
It begins with the trip and pop tussle of rhythm, then the chime and buzz of guitar, before the northern inflections of the vocal kick in. The second single from Deadbeat Echoes, No Bones, is three minutes of blistering powerpop.
Lyrically this is sharp self-aware coolness, with just enough wit, delivered in a style that since Alex Turner many any aspired to and few have managed. Just like the debut this is the people’s pop music, dark and rocky with a bounce and swagger equally suited to Saturday nights and Sunday mornings.
This is music to play loud, to lose yourself in and to.
Deadbeat Echoes trick though is to build a song from beginning to end. How it starts isn’t how it ends. So the indie-discoesque beginnings break down in the middle in a tight, tempo-challenging fill before layers of swirling, intense riffs pile in making the track a juddering wall of sound threatening to crash over and engulf the lucky listener.
Between first and second release this sound has become a little cleaner, the musical identity sharper. Or at least it has on A Side No Bones.
B Side Invisible Enemy is scuzzier, backing the chiming pop chords with pounding, insistent Krautrock rhythms. There is more than a hint of Joy Division here sometimes tempered with a grunge punches but building to a deluge of riffs that hold the promise of being almost overwhelming live. The sound is still considered and constructed but with a messier outcome that loses nothing for having a rougher delivery.
Deadbeat Echoes show they are still one of the best young bands on the block today. Taking influence and inspiration from a long history of pop and rock before cajoling the sound into a new shape, fitting and reflective of today.
No Bones / Invisible Enemy is released on Monday 11 March 2013 and is available on CD or as a digital download from Deadbeat Echoes website.