Located in the Houston, TX area, The Dover Brothers was conceived by brothers Calvin (guitar/vocals) and Joiner Dover (bass). The other main member is Johnny Fitzgerald (guitar/vocals). On their recent release they did recruit other musicians including Kevin Talley (drums), Yaroslava Trofymchuk (cello), George Whitfield (accordion) and Skerik (saxophone).
This is an album that feels like there was a lot of attention to detail. I was immediately not only impressed by the songwriting but the production and recording quality. The band has been described as dark psychedelic Americana and I would say that’s a solid description. There’s a southern gothic vibe to their music as well. The recipe for me is something like Queens of the Stone Age mixed with some Tom Waits and True Detective Season 1.
Up first is “Captain Crackers” and it is one of the more rocking songs in the batch and one of the songs that has a similar energy to Queens of the Stone Age. There are some cool production tricks here including the vocals sounding like they are coming out of different radio stations during the verse. The vibe is menacing, driving but also fun. Great start.
“Dead And Done For” is a dynamic and swamp infested rock song. The rhythm section holds down the fort here with a steady groove. There are some crunchy guitars on the verse and a killer lead. “Only A Fool '' has a familiar southern Americana vibe and is one of the highlights. The cello is worth the price alone but man this song is dangerous, edgy and feels like a song that would be perfect in a movie like From Dusk Till Dawn.
“The Voodoo Room” has some strong vocals and the addition of the accordion hit the mark as well. “Never Looking Back” is the centerpiece. It’s more experimental and starts with a haunting dark soundscape that is free of beats and percussive elements. The song is the definition of a slow burn as vocals and drums do finally enter the mix. It’s beautiful, haunting and when the cello arrives we get dark and angelic peaks.
“My Dear My Plight” is another rocker from the dark side with some great riffs which makes it feel like you're walking through a haunted house while “For Those Who Awaken” actually provides some levity as a ’70s inspired ballad. “Flight Of The Magpie’ is classic rock infused and the closer “When All Of Your Heroes Have Died” is a slower moving ballad.
Overall, I thought this was an exceptional release that flowed seamlessly. All I can say is highly recommended.
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