SINGLE REVIEW: Stainless by Dynamos

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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

Alex Faulkner

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EP REVIEW: Killing Dinosaurs by Bad Mary

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Bad Mary are a four-piece punk rock band hailing from Long Island, New York. Starting out as a covers band, they changed their name from Madame X in 2012 and Bad Mary was born. Their music is particularly inspired by the NYC punk movement of the late 1970’s and I would describe their music as a cross between bands like Blondie and The Ramones, combined with the more modern punk rock sound of bands like Paramore and Green Day.

Their debut album Better Days was a big success, with two tracks being used to soundtrack the NBA Finals. This EP, Killing Dinosaurs, consists of six tracks and is a great representation of their sound. They are led by the distinctive, throaty vocals of Amanda Mac, who delivers some blistering performances across the EP.

Opening track Soapbox kicks things off with a bang, David Henderson’s razor edged guitars sounding raw yet still slick, backed by Bill Mac’s thunderous drumming. Amanda has no problems imposing herself over this wall of sound, her vocals full of Debbie Harry-esque NYC attitude. It builds to a super catchy chorus and makes perfect sense as the lead track.

Want What I Want and Hanging Around are both Ramones-rapid punk rock bursting with killer guitar riffs and huge sky scraping choruses. The former is about Amanda’s frustration of trying to meet other people’s expectations of her and the modern problem of online abuse that every band receives to some extent: “Wear some make up, too much make up, make your mind up, tell me more, it’s too short, it’s too long, you look good, you’re a whore….”.

Next To You is a cracking punk rock version of a Police song that I actually prefer to the original, while Sucks To Be You is another sassy slice of guttural rock n’ roll that takes lyrical swipes at an ex-lover. The closing One More Song is an honest admission about trying to find creative inspiration, and a fine way to finish.

Overall, this is a highly entertaining and enjoyable EP from a band who are clearly already going places and in Amanda Mac have a charismatic front woman who could be a Debbie Harry for this generation. They have the songs to back up the attitude, and this EP will only enhance their reputation and fanbase further.

 

Alex Faulkner

VERDICT: 8.4 out of 10