by phil miller

Drawing comparisons from everyone to Nirvana, for singer Hardy Morris’s raspy vox and grungy guitar; to Kings of Leon, for the dingy production/raw southern sound; and My Morning Jacket for their live show and jamming– the truth is, Dead Confederate have a sound all to their own. Recorded in the sound studio of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, their debut LP Wrecking Ball is probably the best album start to finish I have heard all year. All it took was one listen to lead single “The Rat” and I knew this record would be in constant rotation.


Dead Confederate incorporate a grungy, yet psycho-melodic southern style of rock n roll. From the opening chords struck on “Heavy Petting” the Nirvana influence is evident. But it’s with subsequent songs and subsequent listens that these guys begin to grow on you. The band’s sound culminates in Wrecking Balls best song, “It Was A Rose.” A slow-burning, minor-chord beast, that climaxes with Walker Howle’s delay stricken slide-guitar and a full-scale jam session. The 12-minute Flesh Colored Canvas revels in Echos era Pink Floyd and is the prefect segue to the epic, metaphoric closer- “Wrecking Ball.” Not surprising by the bands name, themes of war and death loom inside the albums lyrical tone–but they are stellar, visionary tales that keep you perversely haunted throughout. The band is on a small US club tour with Manchester Orchestra this winter. If Wrecking Ball is any indication to the bands future, these intimate shows will be the ones you tell your friends about in five years– now remember who told you.

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