Deep Shade Music is a three piece band from the North West of Englands who’s complex and fearful sound spans genres by the track.  The three band members, David Rybka, Paul Barlow and Tom Doherty have seemingly popped up out of nowhere with a torrent of intelligent music made for adults.  Their latest album – Everything Popular is Wrong speaks volumes about the bands musical influences and talents.

Everything Popular is Wrong is an album that not only takes a little bit of getting used to but also shoves musical talent in your face as you try and comprehend what’s going on. Spanning multiple genres and influences this album has a wealth of knowledge within in tracks. It needs to be noted that no two tracks on this album are the same let alone similar, Low Lights has a mid-nineties vibe to it with David Rybka’s vocals so soulful I wouldn’t be shocked if the he physically dug deep in order to retrieve them. With the instruments taking more of a back seat on this track you can really hear the passionate way in which the song has been written through the Rybka’s impeccable performance.

Bring The Axe Down which has a much darker tone that the rest of the album and incorporates hints of early doom metal, this track also has some unbelievable guitars riffs sifting through, just in case you weren’t sure of the bands’ talent yet.  The musicianship and comradery between the band members is apparent through the performances on this album, Chariman begins and ends with Rybka performing in a slight Staccato and the guitarists effortlessly swimming around each other as if it were the most natural thing in the world. 

Time a song that very easily made the top three on my list off this album, has vocal styles which at times fly dangerously close to Bruce Dickinson but then also at times sounds very similar to Devin Townsend.  Musically this first track is fairly quick, with a steady drum beat and vocals that often threaten to take over your soul without consent. Clear vocals and a solid solo which leaves the listener with no doubt as to the abilities of the band, this song amalgamates all my reasons for falling in love with guitar lead music.

Bluesier tracks appear here as well, more notably on The Blood the Mud the Tears which builds up a gentle crescendo that leads you into the instrumental which gives the listener a moment to just appreciate the music.  Another notable track on this beauty of an album Haven’t Said a Word starts off with this beautiful little duelling guitar style intro with the vocals getting progressively aggressive as the song goes on leading the rest of the band. Thus giving the listener a sense that the song is leading up to something. The second verse slides back into place albeit with an ever so slightly quickened pace. This song is a whirlwind of emotions as it speeds up and slows down between chorus and verse. My second favourite on the album, with its heavy bridge and surprising change in time signature and mood, this song is very complex and at time has undertones of early Opeth (which of course makes me a very happy girl).

 My favourite track on the album Out of Hand, has a beautiful little intro that almost makes me want to start paying the guitar again with these  intricate little trills that filter through the song and set the musical mood.  The vocalist’s abilities work very well with this track; with each musician working together to ensure every rest has been hit perfectly.  I’m a little bit disappointed that the vocalist didn’t take it further at certain points on this track and really give us something to fear. The guitarists have taken us somewhere and back again with some of the riffs on this particular track and I feel as if they should be well established already.

Just listening through the first few tracks I heard influences from Doom Metal to early seventies Psychedelic Rock with production worthy of an award. Not under or over produced with the right effects in the right places this album will stay with me for a long while, with tracks for every mood and emotion possible. To be repeated.

 

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