Dynamos are a five piece rock band based in Los Angeles, fronted by female vocalist Nadia E. who grew up in northeastern New Jersey and took opera lessons from a young age. As she grew older, she developed an interest in other genres and was inspired by artists as diverse as Otis Redding, Amy Winehouse and Nirvana. She joined forces with Nick Schaddt (music director, bass), Jacob Mayeda (guitars), Ian Nakazawa (drums) and Carlos Barrera (guitars) to form Dynamos.
Their debut EP, Cold Comfort, made a strong impact and they have continued releasing a string of singles including Shake, Rattle & Roll, Knowledge and this song, Stainless. Its a top-tapping rocker that sounds like a cross between Parallel Lines-era Blondie and The Strokes. It begins with infectious tribal tom-tom patterns, before a slinky low-end guitar riff enters.
Nadia E. lays down a killer lead vocal with some hip, sassy lyrics: “I got sweet kids, hot licks, on the way to Dixieland, scuffle in the street, it’s cheap, and I’m doing the best that I can“. The two lead guitarists share some great interplay while the bass player keeps things solid with a melodic walking bassline, and the guitar solo is fantastic, recalling the style of The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr, if a little less loose.
Overall, this is a hugely enjoyable piece of modern rock that has a stellar cast of musicians and a superb front woman in Nadia E. Her cool-as-ice delivery and way with words set her out as a potential Debbie Harry for her era, and the band sound like they’ve been playing together for twenty years. I look forward to seeing Dynamos continue their rise to inevitable worldwide success.
VERDICT: 8.6 out of 10