DEAD TO ME: Little Brother: CDEP

Dec 29, 2008

If Dead To Me had put out something merely as good as CubanBallerina, that would have been impressive, as that was one of my favorite albums of the last couple years. What they did, though, was build on their strengths to get even better with this EP and cross the threshold from great to exciting. Case in point, the dual lead vocals between Jack Dalrymple and Chicken are a thing of beauty. The only other bands I can think of where two distinct voices compliment each other this well are X and Fugazi. The icing on the cake is that the band takes a page from the book of Jeff Pezzati and sprinkles all the songs with unbelievably gorgeous vocal harmonies, such as the middle section of “Ran That Scam.” The band has also tweaked their sound and strengthened production values just a bit so as to introduce a bit more variety in their songs than was previously present. For instance, there are dub parts in “Little Brother,” a vaguely dancey hi-hat in “Arrhythmic Palpitations,” and distinct tones that really make the presence of multiple guitars apparent throughout the EP. Dead To Me is pulling off the feat of getting to be a stronger, more polished band, but without losing their edge or drive. When bands, such as The Clash or F.Y.P., manage to mature and develop in such a short space of time and do it right, it truly is an amazing thing. Dead To Me are quickly proving themselves to be in that league. The only bad thing I can say is that at five songs, this is over far too quick. When’s the next full length?!

 –Adrian (Fat Wreck)