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The Daredevil Christopher Wright – In Deference To A Broken Back (2009)

July 23, 2009

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So they sound like The Decemberists sort of. Well, maybe more like Okkervil River or possibly one of the many other indie-folk bands. On that one song they sound like Interpol though. But despite all this The Daredevil Christopher Wright don’t sound derivative; there is a twisted quality to this group where they weaved strange narratives around even strangers hooks and song structures to create some stunningly good songs. One minute they are playing a simple acoustic folk song and the next they are busting out falsetto harmonies over a jumping rhythm section.

I admit, at first, I thought In Deference To A Broken Back was kind of boring outside a few tracks. The hooks aren’t so obvious on first listen and the production is quite understated and only feels warm after a few listens. It’s produced (mostly) by Bon Iver by the way. Once it gets under your skin though, then it really does start to shine. It’s extremely consistent for a debut and full of great ideas both lyrically and musically.

Introductory track “Hospital” is a string driven 1 minute exercise in showing off just one of the band’s vocalists and a vivid precursor for things to come. I swear they say the word “hospital” on this record hundreds of times. There are a few singers who switch in and out on tracks, a low Interpol styled guy, high reedy crazy dude and a sort of  modern American indie guy. They all give great texture and variety and it really pushes this album apart from so so many other bands doing the same thing.

“We’re Not Friends” is a down trodden yet catchy pop song with a killer chorus. Where as “Clouds” is swirling 6 minute long exercise in great song writing. The kind of song where you almost cheer when the bass kicks in and the falsetto breaks out, where you can wallow in misery right before the head banging cool part starts. Hand claps are here too. The album is just bursting with inventiveness but delivered in a format most people would music fans would be familiar with, successfully experimenting within a genre that doesn’t really see much experimenting.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. thegutterpipe permalink
    July 25, 2009 2:08 am

    Excellent article, I really like how your blog keeps the posts short but informative. I will definitely continue to read it. This band is really good, checkin out some more of the songs now.

  2. December 13, 2009 11:37 pm

    I saw these guys live before I heard this album. It really makes a difference. the live show was great. I wish they toured more outside of their area.

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