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Album Review

Oddly, Derby hail not from the English town of the same name but from Portland, OR; odd because their sound is so quintessentially English. On Posters Fade, their sophomore set, Derby resurrect the British Invasion — which they are head over heels in love with — in all its pert, melody-rich glory. And melodies — the cheerful kind you can sing along with after the first couple of lines — are key to this set, mostly set to rhythms that will send you hopping across the floor in delight. The first single, "All or Nothing," is a case in point: Brit-pop with a twist, as a New Order-styled rhythm courses right over a Jam-ish number. "Michigan" also has an Ordered edge, but tied to a more indie-styled song. "As My Own" goes with the indie sound, but blends it with late-'60s rock, while the title track is a glam-stomper, but hustled right back to the '60s. The Kinks are Derby's most obvious influence, with the set-opening "Why Don't You Do It" an homage to their Muswell Hillbillies period, while "Stop Stalling" pays tribute to their earlier sound. But the Beatles, too, play their part, leaving their most notable mark on "Stumps," one of a handful of downbeat numbers found on the set. And whether psychedelically doused or tinged with a Western flavor, these moodier songs deftly break up the set and balance the band's otherwise bright and perky sound. Still, it's the uptempo numbers like the garagey "Streetlight," "Stop Stalling," and "Posters Fade," along with the grandiosity of "As My Own," that will garner instant attention — as will the band's sharp lyrics, interpersonal themes, and frequent mentions of bears, apparently a metaphor for the more gruff and unpleasant side of women. Smart pop for the masses.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic record

I was completely blown away by this record. "This is the new you" was one of my favorite records so "Posters Fade" had alot to live up to. I'm already ready for the next record. You can really feel that this band is evolving into something truly special. buy this record. you wont be disappointed

Best album I've heard this year!!!

Wow wow wow. I live for harmonies and catchy melodies, and Derby has delivered endless amounts of both. Posters Fade is such an incredible album, and with most of the tracks seamlessly transitioning into the next I can't even decide which song I like best. I just want to listen to the whole thing, and that is rare these days. This album also has such depth and beautiful layers that you will hear something new with every listen, plus, the songs are just so good!

Some Good Stuff

Discovered Derby on a promotional cd put out by Dodge for the new Charger. Been a fan ever since, great stuff!


Formed: 2000 in Portland, OR

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Comprised of Nat Johnson, Dave Gulick, and Isaac Frost, Derby formed in Portland, OR, in the early 2000s. The trio's first full-length, This Is the New You, was released on Roslyn Records in 2005; the album showcased the band's bright-eyed, innocent indie pop sound, one that nodded to influences like Nada Surf and Sloan. Derby toured in support of the album over the course of the following year, opening for wide-ranging, well-established indie and alt-rock acts like Robyn Hitchcock, the Decemberists,...
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