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The Kick and the Snare

The Deathray Davies

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Album Review

The Deathray Davies have always been an interesting band combining a downcast and often insular lyrical approach with a sometimes sunny, sometimes lo-fi and ugly sound, much like a less cheery Pavement or a tune-free Guided by Voices. Interesting, but missing something important. Their fifth album feels like the sun breaking through the clouds as the band tosses aside any indie pretension and steps unblinking into the big leagues. The Kick and the Snare is a glittering, slick, and tough-as-nails rock record with hooky tunes, rich arrangements (full of horns, percussion, and funky keyboards), exciting performances, and the best batch of songs Davies mainstay John Dufilho has yet come up with by far. The first track alone is better than anything the band had done previously: "The Fall Fashions" is a tight slice of modern power pop that surges and flows like classic Who or Kinks without sounding a bit like them. Other tracks like the chiming "In Circles," the pounding and heartfelt "Release the Squid (Box 6)," the sweet and peppy "A Calendar Crime," and the epic "Alaska" are first-class indie with an eye to playing stadiums rock. These songs have bite, style, and melodies that stick. Only "Chainsaw (Denn Die Toten Reiter Schnell)" lets down the side a touch as it's too monochromatic and sounds like the old Deathray. It is just a small blip though; this newly kicking version of the group is a welcome and exciting surprise. If you had written them off as too run-of-the-mill, come on back because things are hoppin' now. If you've never even heard of the Deathray Davies, step up to the plate and shoot your shot, because you won't find much better indie rock than this in 2005.

Customer Reviews

Indie rock that doesn't whine!

An album with a punch. Having randomly found the band, this album does not disappoint. With a sense of lyrical genius along side a collaboration of instrumentation, "The Kick and the Snare" provides all that is lacking in many mainstream albums, the least of which is the ability to listen all the way through. Hopefully this band will continue to grow in their development as they have made a huge leap with this album. If you like an upbeat song, try "Plan to Stay Awake", "Alaska", "Chainsaw", or "The Fall Fashions". If you are looking something a little more slow paced, check out "Stumble" and "In Circles". Overall grade: A-.

These boys is geeeewwwd.

I heard these guys rocked Amsterdam once - so hard that a woman in the audience actually gave birth...and she was not pregnant at the time!!!! Aside from their sworn allegiance to Satan, these guys are totally wholesome. Well, accept for the furry one with the tamborine - I think he's got vermin in his hair. I saw it moving on its own at a show once. Creepy! Buy this record and play it backwards. Even sounds good that way!


wow this is great new stuff by them. keep up the good work. makes you want to listen again and again. "got a chainsaw, at the pawn shop, it works real nice, chop chop chop" :D


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Hailing from Dallas, TX, the Deathray Davies woo listeners with a dizzy, fuzzed-out version of retro garage pop that harks back to such '60s bands as the Kinks and the Seeds. The Davies began in 1998 as the one-man show of singer/guitarist John Dufilho, whose songwriting vault contained several songs that didn't seem fit for his present band, Bedwetter. After moving from San Antonio to Dallas, Dufilho recorded his solo debut under the Deathray Davies moniker, playing all of the instruments himself....
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