Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Dead Conederate: Wrecking Ball

I have told you about Dead Confederate before, but this time I'm serious. Seriously serious. They've got an album, it's called Wrecking Ball, and it kicks ass all over the place. Someone please quote me on that. The Athens-based band recorded Wrecking Ball in Austin with producer Mike McCarthy, who did a great job of capturing their sound.

That sound is a combination of space rock, grunge, classic rock, and what people like to call Southern rock. Anyway you slice it, Dead Confederate just flat out rocks. The drums crash hard, the guitars wail with anger and emotion, and frontman Hardy Morris' vocals are a force to be reckoned with. Fans of bands like Dinosaur Jr., Nirvana, and Pink Floyd should definitely pay attention to this one.

I was immediately sold after hearing the album-opening "Heavy Petting," and by the time I got to other standout tracks like "It Was A Rose" and "Start Me Laughing," the volume was turned up as high as it would go. The lengthier, spacious tracks "Flesh Colored Canvas" and "The News Underneath" are both impressive as well, each one with a meandering, mesmerizing quality that'll make you lose track of time.
Dead Confederate are the first band on The Artists Organization, a new label created by Gary Gersh, the A&R exec that originally signed Nirvana and Sonic Youth. The label will release Wrecking Ball in both digital and physical forms on September 16, 2008. You can see Dead Confederate in Austin on September 26 at Emo's with the Heartless Bastards.


ferrin said...

great post, and i whole-heartedly agree with you! they played my austin-based company's sxsw party at the belmont. check out live footage here:

OutlawBlues said...

Uhhh...this shit rocks...