I have to admit I didn’t know what to think when I first heard the vocalist from Double Denim. After I spent sometime their debut self-titled EP I admit I started to fall in love with how Chelsea Orme-Williams (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) sounded. The thing about Double Denim is that they have two lead vocalist. Harry Stephenson (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) is the other vocalist who is quite good. He is expressive, dynamic and has a enjoyable tone. That being said Williams has such an original and unique voice that it gave the songs something special when she sang on them. Double Denim is rounded out with James Marsh (Electric Guitar) Jake Bradshaw (Bass) Jonny Brinson Drums and Gabe Cassidy (Keys)
The band opens with “Love Another Man” which is the highlight of the EP. Williams steals the show with an exceptional vocal performance. The music revolves around a warm acoustic guitar, a clean bass, drums and lead guitar. Towards the end of the song the band thoroughly rocks out in epic fashion. Next up is “Less Than Patient” which is a solid track. The music is reminiscent to Man Man at times. I felt the the lead guitar was technically impressive but almost felt a bit too intense and distracting during the singing.
“Mr. Penguin” is a great, upbeat song that is right up there in terms of quality with the opener. The music is balanced and fleshed out and loved the happy vibe the song had. On top of that the vocal harmonies were a subtle but effective component.
“You Don't Tell Me” contained Stephenson's best vocal performance. In fact the duo sound great when they sing “you don’t ever tell me that” which ends of being the band's most inspired moments. The band closes with back door romp entitled “Close Your Eyes.” It's a mix of blues and country that has the same vibe as “these boots are made for walkin.”
Double Denim just formed in January of 2015 and managed to pull off a very enjoyable, original sounding debut EP. That being said The band still has some tweaking to do and hope to hear some improvements within the recording quality next time around. Double Denim seem to be on a good trajectory as they built a solid foundation. If they can improve upon that then we will have some awesome music coming our way.
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