Album: Have A Drink With Dreadnaught
Label: Red Fez Records
Review: Diego Camargo
Thoughts: Dreadnaught may not be known by many of you, but they’ve been recording together since 1998, over 15 years and counting.
Formed by the trio Rick Habib (drums), Bob Lord (bass and vocals) and Justin Walton (guitars and vocals) Dreadnaught was absent from recording their own music for quite some time but they are now back with the EP Have A Drink With Dreadnaught (2013).
It’s quite impossible to point a finger to where the band is going or what style exactly they play, but that’s precisely what they wanted and you can see it with their official statement: “What is the point of doing what has already been done? We’ll leave that to the other folks.”
And this pretty much explains everything.
When it comes to Have A Drink With Dreadnaught (2013) it is no different, 5 tracks… 5 different songs!
The opener of the disc ‘Corrupticus 5’ is a country-like-Americana-at-heart song that is also organ driven, quite something.
The instrumental ‘Surface Raid’ is completely weird with Disco orchestral kind of synthesizers and its great guitars. A very good mess.
Then, when one might think that they have listened to enough weird music and they will now follow some pattern ‘The Bear’ comes along with some latin influence, double vocals and the most twisted riff/interludes ever. And yet the track is catchy and singable.
‘JPF’ reminded me of the band Pilot with its double riffed Pop guitars. And yes, ‘JPF’ is more of a Pop song, the 70’s kind of well-crafted Pop. That was a time where every song had a meticulous arrangement including the Pop scene and Dreadnaught knows that and went for it with intelligence. Great track!
To finish Have A Drink With Dreadnaught (2013) we have the track ‘Trophy Bride’ that brings a great bass line and a wall of good guitars. It is a danceable song with lots of stuff happening on the background.
Even though Dreadnaught is not a Progressive band by standard rules you can’t put them aside exactly because of that! They have no rules and they want to keep progressing, no matter the way.
Have A Drink With Dreadnaught (2013) is 5 different bands in the same disc but with unity. Weird, interesting and charged with amazing musicianship.
Too bad Have A Drink With Dreadnaught (2013) comes only in a cardboard envelope with no info whatsoever about the band or the recordings.
A great EP for the curious minds that will not settle with only one genre of music. Waiting for their next full-length album now!
The band was included in our Podcast #30 and you can listen 'Trophy Bride' HERE.