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Decibully : Sing Out America!

It's always difficult to know in advance whether certain bands will ever make a name for themselves but they make it much harder for themselves when they present their music in a way that haves you scratching your head for some yard stick by which to measure their style.

Featuring some plaintive and evocative singing, Decibully promotes a strong level of cohesiveness in their song writing and although I have not heard of this band before, I could equate their overall style to something akin to either The Watchmen, a lesser inspiring Crash Test Dummies or bands that approach their musical tasks from a less instrumentally invigorating perspective. The songs certainly possess a more organic method of delivering their lyrical message but they are not immediately captivating enough to really grab your interest. They are definitely a band that will require repeated listens before any of the messages sink in but they will ultimately find the going difficult if they continue writing songs where the good sections are buried too deeply.

Main throat warbler, William Seidel has a pleasant voice that vaguely reminded me of Freddie Mercury on some songs yet he doesn't quite have the range or depth of theatrical delivery that used to accompany many of Queen's classics. That's not to say any of the songs sound like Queen. Far from it in fact, but the slight vocal tinge is evident in parts and does not detract from the overall sound. It's not the type of voice that will leave you inspired but is more than capable of imparting a sombre and melancholy message with guaranteed conviction.

William's music is embellished by the inclusion of banjo, drums, lap steel, harmonica and other assorted instrumentation giving the band a well rounded style but don't expect any sudden outbursts of instrumental frivolity. This band is all about song writing and structure and leaves the pyrotechnics to those who have mastered the game already.

The only gripe I have however, guys is that if you are going to adopt using someone's handwriting to provide the track details and other recording or contact information, make sure the writing is legible. Many of your audience will be well into their 30's, 40's or 50's, some will have severe reading problems while others will be considering how to accessorise their walking frames and wheel chairs. You could make reading about the band at least reasonably comfortable for the majority of us.

It's hard to know whether success will ever find this band but it's not for want of trying. They apparently enjoy a good reputation for their live act and have embarked on a number of tours throughout parts of America and will be heading to Europe soon for two months during which time they hope to add more fanatics to their fold. They are definitely capable musicians and while there is nothing ground-breaking or overly dynamic here, there are also some more than decent elements worthy of your ears. The music is not overly progressive, possessing very few complex time signatures or difficult arrangements but I have to confess to hoping this band makes a dent in the road as they have tried hard to get this far, believe in what they do and have attempted, on this release at least, to try something a little different. You've got to give credit for thinking outside the square. Look out for this album in early March when it will be officially released.

Track Details: (I think)

1. I'm Gonna Tell You
2. Megan & Magil
3. Rid Of Me At Last
4. Notes To Our Leader
5. Sing Out! Sing Out! Sing Out!
6. Let's Eat Our Mistakes
7. Tempatations
8. Penny Look Down
9. Colourful Music
10. You & Me & Everyone

Added: March 2nd 2005
Reviewer: Greg Cummins
Related Link: Bands Web Page
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Language: english

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