Starting off with a blast of feedback, “Suffered” from Deleveled’s latest offering “Midnight Radio”, hints at one thing and then delivers another: the listener might be expecting some power chords and distortion and instead gets a smooth alternative rock sound with a pinch of modern post rock; a little trick on the part of the band to announce that they have calmed down a bit from their riffier early days? Maybe and maybe not… while the sound might be a bit different than before, there are stil burning rock solos to be found in “Hollywood” and “Affinity”, which gets a lot of it’s catchiness from its soaring backup vocals. As a bonus track, the Madonna cover (“Like a Prayer”) is a neat choice and the arrangement suits the band.
The backing vocals of Jessica Skinner definitely add a lot of harmonic punch to the proceedings. Jeff Pitts is a talented guitarist and the rest of the band sounds professional enough to be knocking on the door of major pop success soon. The songs have a sturdy production that showcases the talents of all the players.
While listening, one may recall moments of ’90s alternative rock like Live or the Goo Goo Dolls and it seems the band is doing a fine job of updating what is now an older style into something more current. Like their anagram name, it appears that Deleveled is looking both forward and backwards for inspiration and it should be interesting to see where they take their sound in the future.
Recommended if you like: Goo Goo Dolls, Live, Hootie and the Blowfish
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Sean Knight is a native South Carolinian who has spent his life bouncing back and forth between SC and Texas, playing in bands you probably never heard of in both states and stinking up open-mic nights in the Low Country for many years. He plays, collects, listens to and probably spends too much of his life obsessing over music.