We wanted to send our love and respect to Gerald Stansbury and Uber Rock for the great review of our album “Lords Of The Wasteland”. We are blown away by your kind words and love for our debut album. Please check it out:
“When I was a kid, most Saturday mornings, except when there were baseball games, found me waking up early and eating a bowl of cereal while I watched the only cartoons on during the week. Whether it was Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo or Hanna Barbara’s All Stars, I have nothing but good memories now of those mornings. Why am I mentioning all of this? I’m glad you asked because this Demolition City Saints album serves as an infusion of that happiness with their cool animation style and one catchy POWER pop and punk anthem after another that plasters a smile all over my face. This could be the feel-good soundtrack of those days, but the music’s timelessness makes it as relevant today as any point over the past 40 plus years. Who makes up the Demolition City Saints? That will be a debate for another time as no real names or identities are revealed. Vocals on the album are split, with Melody Black singing four songs and Baby Strange singing three of them.
Cymbals crash bringing ‘Crash City’ to life with an urgency that really lays the table for what is to follow. I was immediately drawn to the vocals of Black here who displays an incredible use of melody but also have some attitude in her vocals. Musically, this song is straightforward rock, and I really enjoy the drum work of Darkblade. The music is somewhat open during the verses with the subtle guitar by TK Razors carrying more oomph when he joins in full force. ‘Needle Damage’ turns up the punk but still has a glossy sheen to it. The simple expletive laden chorus leaving no doubts to how Strange feels. Razors really gets to let loose on the guitar here from the opening riff to a quick biting solo near the end. Wrapping up the first half of this album all too quickly is the catchy power poptastic ‘Watch Me Melt’ which reminds me of the Go-Go’s at double time. The hook here hits twice in that the guitar riff will hook you on one side while the vocal (Black) melodies hit you on the other side for good measure. There is no reason why this song should not be all over the radio appealing to casual listeners as well as people like us who are very passionate about the music we enjoy. I think the Ramones would be quite proud of this one. As most songs are between two and a half to three minutes, the band is not wasting any time in these songs.
‘Go Baby Go’ comes next and is one of my high lights on the record. The bubblegum pop chorus recalling songs from the past with the classic rock n roll verses putting the emphasis on the great vocals (Strange). Kid Raven’s bass really pops up at times here as well. The catchiness reminds me a bit of something the Runaways would have crafted, and, if you don’t find yourself randomly singing this to yourself throughout the day, you are a stronger person than me. ‘Systematic Way’ again brings the Go-Go’s to mind with the vocal (Black) melodies at times reminding me of their old song ‘Vacation’ for some reason. I especially like how Black layers her vocals throughout the song. The powerful ‘Waiting for You’ roars out of the speakers and should be a huge hit. The melodies (Black) are huge, and the guitar has some awesome bite. The spoken word prayer here adds another dynamic to the song before the final run of the chorus graces us one more time.
‘Self Destruction’ closes the album entirely too soon with Darkblade’s drums standing out here. The chorus carries another huge hook which is one of the band’s calling cards on all these songs. The band’s pop punk approach is not what many bands are doing under the banner now. DCS really take some punk swagger and marry it to gorgeous melodies to create something really special. Ending with the ‘Hooligan’s Prayer,’ DCS lay down their final message with the spoken words of the prayer recited over the rocking music. The final line being ‘We are all saints in this uprising, and our voices will no longer be ignored.’
At seven songs plus the outro, my only issue with this album is that it is over way too soon. Lyrically and sonically, this album shines as the sometimes dark subject matter is flipped on its head to provide hope in the darkness. I cannot help but end each listen with a smile on my face. It creates huge expectations for me with their future releases as this hits a great sweet spot for me. I love the melodies the band uses with the production’s glossiness making it very welcoming despite the aggressive guitars. It truly feels like the soundtrack to those old classic Saturday morning cartoons, if they had some danger, attitude, and power. I am hoping this band continues and does not disappear in the Mystery Machine due to a cranky old lighthouse keeper under a sheet.”
Lords of the Wasteland’ is released on 21 September.
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