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DEAD COUNTRY – EP (Review)

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51hymOjZCL. SL160 Four songs are seldom enough to judge the overall quality of a band, but if the quartet presented on this EP is any indication – DEAD COUNTRY are off to a fine start.
This self-titled set (released April 13th via Storefront Recordings) introduces listeners to the Los Angeles-via-Silverlake-based band, who despite forming just under two years ago, have seen their stock rise substantially in recent months.
 
Recorded at FOO FIGHTERS’ Studio 606,  production on the EP is clean and polished, with recording taking place under the direction of engineer John Lousteau (John 5, Stone Sour). 

Overall, it’s a pleasing collection of radio-friendly alt-rock that doesn’t sacrifice integrity for it’s commercial appeal. Dead Country’s driving sound could easily turn the ears of those into bands like Jimmy Eat World or Jawbreaker, with waves of guitars pulsing atop steady beats while Nick Long’s soulful vocals rise to the top of the mix.

Tracklist:

  1. EURO THRASH
  2. THE SHADE
  3. SATORI IN LUZERN
  4. SEA CHANGE

Having already toured with SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE and THE BRONX, Dead Country will next pack up the van to hit the road with the reunited FAR – continuing to put themselves in front of indie-rock fans that will likely be hooked. While I’m curious to hear what a full-length Dead Country album will offer, I have a feeling that the band could go bigger if they wanted to, as the potential for a mainstream breakthrough doesn’t seem far off.

 
Rating: 4/5 Stars

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