Dead by Dawn
nerdboy gothic with a distinct carnival-ride vibe (think minor-key
organs) blended with Violent Femmes-style vocals. Most borderline
horror-billy stuff is way too dense for my liking. This one's light
and airy enough to pull if off. Plugging in the right harmonies
at the right times doesn't hurt either. Plus it's only 23 minutes
long -- any more would have been overkill, and I mean that in every
sense of the word.
Highlights: The campy
"When I Think About You" (I wanna go to Mexico);
the kooky "American Psycho" (which veers dangerously close
to Weird Al territory), and the Bright Eyes-styled closer "Don't
Go in the Woods," which is almost a serious rock song... almost.
There is a weird, hidden
moralism to some of the haunted house-flavored lyrics that dwell
on such timely topics as death and murder, but in a style that's
more reminiscent of The Addams Family than Pedro the Lion. This
former Christian band (they used to be Tooth & Nail act Calibretto
13) wants you to think they traded in their halos for horns. Think
Posted Sept. 3, 2003.
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