By Daniel Watts
Music Reviewer and Segment Producer
The Dead Daisies’ new album “Revolución” was suggested to me by Mr.Philly Rock Radio himself, Kevin Law. Not knowing much about the band or their sound I decided to give The Dead Daisies a chance.
“Revolución” is the band’s second full-length effort. It was released on Spitfire Records in July of 2015 and was produced by The Dead Daisies alongside Ben Grosse and Craig Porteils.
The basic cut of “Revolución” features 13 tracks while the extended cut features 15, the latter was my version. I found The Dead Daisies’ straightforward brand of Hard Rock to be very likeable. I think each song is a genuine effort, the playing is tight and the vocals are on point. Additionally, “Revolución” is one of the most consistent albums I’ve listened to all year. The song that grabbed my attention the most is track 11 “Midnight Moses”. The beginning starts off low key with a chucking guitar riff and some light hi hat action from the drums. The song then crescendos into an all-out jam with John Corabi unleashing some pretty gnarly “heys”. “Midnight Moses” continues to unfold and become a rich multi-textural song. Close to halfway through the track, the band switch from a steady galloping beat to a Cuban influenced interlude complete with bongos and piano.
I thought the cover art was pretty intriguing and reminded me some of the graffiti artist Banksy’s handiwork. There was one issue I had to overcome though. These days supergroups are becoming a commonality within Rock music. In my opinion a portion of these supergroup's sounds and images are near clones of each other. I was worried this would be the case with The Dead Daisies. I wasn’t totally sold after the first listen but soon after it started to grow on me. With each listen “Revolución” became more charming. After some time I was able to clearly hear how The Dead Daisies are unlike any other supergroup or group for that matter, of past and present.
I do recommend giving “Revolución” a listen. I am looking forward to hearing future material from The Dead Daisies and would enjoy catching them live one day.
3. Looking for the One
4. Empty Heart (Feat. Jimmy Barnes)
5. Make the Best of It
6. Something I Said
7. Get Up Get Ready
8. With You and I
10. My Time
11. Midnight Moses
12. Devil Out of Time
14. Leave the Truth Behind (From extended cut)
15. Last Night (From extended cut)