By Lisa Mary
Reporter Lisa Mary reviews the magical AA single release from Dead Sea Souls, to be released on 20/05/13.
After the success of their 2012 EP We Were Always Electric, May sees the release of their blasting new double-A side single Brave and The Comet, released by Platform Records. Smashing back onto the scene, the new single continues the reputation of the band not only as a talented and energetic live act but also as budding recording artists, whose new work is a flourish of sound.
Unable to agree on a single track, they decided to release an AA single, with the band agreeing that this is their strongest work yet. “We now have two tracks that are completely different,” shares Gary Burns (bass and vocals), “which is awesome as we wanted to see where we could take this new batch of songs and do something you maybe wouldn’t expect from Dead Sea Souls.”
As a single, ‘Brave’ is a fantastic piece; melodic, exciting with inspirational lyrics. With its unassuming opening underlined with haunting guitar, Gary’s unmistakably Scottish-tinged vocals build suspense to the ambient first chorus, with drums and guitars joining to fill the sound perfectly. A song to jump around to, it’s reminiscent of bands such as The Killers and Twin Atlantic; a modern soft-rock/pop sound. An uplifting piece, its lyrics: “Be as bold as you can/There’s no room for a worried man/In this life that you lead,” are fitted perfectly with decisive drumming from David Clark and a technical accuracy in the playing of both James Sweeney and Colin Sneddon. A full sound, with breath-taking freshness; a summer tune.
In contrast, ‘The Comet’ is described by the band as a “cautionary tale of a loved one’s unbridled hedonism,” it is a definitive piece and particularly impressive. The structure of the piece, with complex rhythms this piece is not only catchy but musically accomplished. With some spectacularly impressive playing from James and Colin, the piece brings the lyrics, “you live your life like a comet/Just waiting to crash/Punching holes through my head/Like the crust of the earth” to life. The piece literally punches a hole … in your soul, and as the single draws to a close your spirit longs for a repeat.
Dead Sea Souls as they say do not “put their faith into coincidences”; their hard work is testament to hard-work and talented musicians. And I am “waiting [for them] to crash” on to a stage near me soon.