Nathan Duffin and Erek Ladd are a rock duo who apparently met on a whim and started making music together. The catch is that Duffin lives in Australia and Ladd lived in the United States when they started making this album. Through modern technology they worked on their album in their respective countries for a majority of the creative process until Ladd moved permanently to Australia.
They go by Duffin & Ladd for short on their album Home which was released last month. The album is pretty straightforward rock. It felt largely anthemic with lots of Americana influence. I was reminded of bands like The Gin Blossoms, Tom Petty and Goo Goo Dolls. Suffice it to say if you enjoy one song you will probably enjoy the entire album. With fifteen tracks, the album had enough songs to make a double album.
The band mixed and mastered everything themselves. I thought that they did a good job overall as the music sounded pretty close to professional quality to my ears. They open with the title track “Home” which sounds like classic anthemic arena rock. The duo cling to pretty familiar tropes that gets a crowd or audience going. There is no denying the song has energy to it.
Up next is “Lights & Sirens” which continues with warm distortion and had a little bit more of a ’90s rock vibe to my ears while “Glass Houses” sounded very much like a specific Goo Goo Dolls song that was quite popular on the radio.
As the album progressed it feeds into the same vibe with minor deviations. The overall feel is often triumphant and nostalgia.
I felt with fifteen songs there was a lot to take in. A little more variety may have helped as the songs stuck to the same setup of instrumentation and often had a very similar feeling. Duffin & Ladd aren’t reinventing the wheel by any stretch of the imagination but the songs are well delivered and written. If you have a yearning for a rock that has a warm celebratory feel you should enjoy this album
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