DeWolff - Thrust
May 7, 2018 (updated May 10, 2018)
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DeWolff show off their chops with an outstanding ode to 1960's/1970's psychedelic blues. They borrow heavily from bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, The Doors and Strawberry Alarm Clock, but at no point does it sound like they are trying to emulate any of these bands. Instead, DeWolff have created their own modern take on the hay-day of psychedelic music.

The songs are filled with licks throughout; "California Burning" reflects this, with its blues-tinged chorus. The song has an impressive solo that eventually rollicks back into the chorus. The song is filled with energy - an energy that never ceases throughout the entire album. The keyboard solo in the ballad "Once in a Blue Moon" shows the band's ability to construct a slower-paced song that still pays homage to a bygone era. "Tombstone Child" has a crunching riff that works perfectly with the vocals on display throughout the song, displaying one of the bands heavier moments, which they also execute with aplomb.

Dewolff aren't afraid to delve into politics either. "Deceit and Woo," one of the first singles from the album, takes aim at Trump (I know, who hasn't), yet the true strength of the song lies in its energy and ability to sound tongue-in-cheek, whilst still being filled with intent. "Free Flight" slows the pace right down after the chaotic ending to the aforementioned "Deceit and Woo." It sounds introspective compared to the previous songs - almost as if it is showing a more vulnerable side to the band. While the change of pace is nice, it is one of the weaker songs on the album. It also sees their biggest departure from the sound that they had created throughout the majority of the album, particularly in the first two minutes of the track. "Sometimes" is a track tinged with funk grooves that ebbs and flows, yet doesn't quite reach any great heights. "Swain" seems a little bit generic, particularly with its lyrical content when you think about the sound that they are trying to replicate, but it is still a well-constructed song with its tempo changes and gospel-like backing vocals. Closing track "Outta Step and Ill at Ease" is a candid number that acts as the perfect denouement to an album filled with energy.

With 'Thrust', DeWolff have created an album that is a testament to a time in which music was written by people for the people. They achieve this without sounding like rip-offs whilst also highlighting their credentials to be recognised as an important band in the burgeoning modern scene of psychedelic music.
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