DandyLyon Whine plays bars and clubs around Rochester, MI, where they reside. Jeremy Otto leads the band. He mixes their music from his home. The group’s latest album, Coelacanth, is a grab bag of music. It includes everything from rock to grunge, folk to bluegrass, and even Americana. That’s one of the strongest elements of Coelacanth; you start every song blind about what to expect. Besides the sound variety, each track has a different subject.
With so much musical diversity, there is a song that fits into everyone’s favorite genre. If you like dark grungy sounds then let “Schizoid” take you on a journey. For more bluesy-rock songs, the “Hollow Spine Waltz” pleasures your tastes. For people who like a mixture of rock and folky tunes, “If You Loved Me” grabs you and does not let go. A couple of songs stood out more than others. They were “Solenoid,” “I Don’t Want To Live Anymore” and “Satanic Mechanic.”
“Solenoid” has a great meditative sound and even a better story. It’s one of a man trying his best to stay away from love. “I Don’t Want To Live Anymore” tells the complicated tale of a man giving up on his life because of bitterness. It does it with over-all cheery-folky beats. “Satanic Mechanic” sounds like the epitome of rock-grunge songs. It’s dark, has raw vocals and crazy guitar solos.
DandyLyon Whine has a very distinctive sound, despite the changing genres. The band has many layers and strives in almost any genre. Nevertheless, the quieter songs, like “If You Loved Me” and “Solenoid” is really when the band soars.
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