Today, as I review CDs, I not only have the chosen disk playing as I forge out the words to describe it, but I almost always have the band's myspace.com page loaded in the background to easily glean tidbits of information regarding the musicians.
In checking out The Dunes, I was immediately struck by their statement, “
The song is king. Seems like a simple enough statement, yet how often is it ignored? Witness the current state of music: many bands striving so hard for aesthetic approval and acceptance within genres that they let their defining element the music fall to the wayside.”
In many ways the statement mimics my own view, that bands often get lost pursuing radio play and record deals, and they forget the music.
The Dunes do a solid job here of keeping music as the forefront. The lyrics are clean, and they allow the vocals to lead the music, meaning you can actually hear the words. I have always thought that paramount. If lyrics are worth writing, a band should let you hear them.
In this case lead singer Kevin Pullen gets the main writing credit, with input from the rest of the band. In his effort to keep music at the heart of what The Dunes are all about, he's managed to create songs that radio stations should give a chance. I particularly like Hurry Up, Calling All Cars, Do It All the Time and What You Wanted.
Pullen's strong lyrics are backed up musically by drummer Matt Barnett, guitarist Jason Burgess and bassist Chris McInerney.
This is a re-release of the band's debut, remixed and remastered to showcase The Dunes style. As a calling card I like this 10-song CD. It really deserves to get the band added attention.
Check them out at www.myspace.com/thedunesrock
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 1, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada