Despite the name, despite what you think a band will sound like the moment you read the band's name, whether you are the type of person to judge a book by its cover, Dead Orchids’ album Things From the Fire Pt. 2 will have you at the edge of your biting tongue. Fires burn even after someone tries to smother the flames. Whatever Denver, Colorado is burning up, this four-piece band made up of Danny K, Robyn H, Joe Hodgson and Joe Jennings, from the past to the present, this mixture of post psychedelic, pure rock n' roll blues devils has nothing to fear. Nothing. When you wish as a music listener to come across a new discovery, we want a sound that will get us at the edge of our seats. We want an album that holds up, besides just the standard single that rotates on the radio. Dead Orchids delivered that type of album.
Besides being divided between whether or not you should go out and get some sun, or spend the day playing this record as loud as you can from your house, I must comment on Danny K and his guitar playing as well as his mixing of the album. I can only offer my applause since this album sounds better than most high standard recordings. But who wants crisp and clean anymore. Rock n' roll in essence is making a comeback, but honestly it has always been hidden, just waiting for the right individuals to come together and to make the sounds break through.
Evergreen Studios in Denver sure saw a hell of a lot of talent while Dead Orchids unleashed their grip on “Blue Elvis,” which become a favorite track of mine on this album. A track that combines gritty guitars, explosive drumming and infectious vocals. A song like "Goodbye" explodes with a visceral explosion that made we wonder how awesome it would be to see these guys live. The anthemic "Black widow" is one of the strongest tracks on the album which could be considered a little slice of merica as the song soars with power and energy.
A polished Louisiana blues brings a clear vision to the track titled “The Wolf.” If teeth could be sucked into a vinyl groove, you'd promise to wager a bet on who could finish the deed to satisfaction first without breaking a sweat. What I like most is that this band is not afraid to show that this is an emotionally driven album. That's exactly what music is about. Throwing in emotion to make the listener embrace the effects you've put forth and therefore creating the presence of brilliance should be recognized.
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