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Winter storms are punishingly cold and uncomfortable, but are an
important source of water for spring growth. Likewise for Dead
Confederate, the series of New Jersey blizzards that besieged the
recording of sophomore album Sugar (a reference to the record
snowfall) also heralded growth from the darker, somber realm of their
critically acclaimed Wrecking Ball. With an evolving approach and
focused, streamlined sound, and a guest appearance from Dinosaur
Jr. frontman J Mascis, Sugar explores new styles beyond the aching,
bleak psychadelia of the debut.
Coming off of the success of The Rat from Wrecking Ball, which
received strong airplay at major alternative stations (Seattle, San
Diego, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, more), as well as a
network television debut under their belt, Dead Confederate return
with Sugar. With countless tours across the world with the likes of
Dinosaur Jr., The Whigs, Manchester Orchestra, Meat Puppets and
more, the band is ready for their first true album to reach the
masses at the end of the summer.
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This one is admittedly kind of all over the place compared to their first, Wrecking Ball.
But, it grows on you like moss. The more you listen to it, the more you're gonna like it.
For me, the title track, Sugar, is rediculous. In The Dark is amazing, By Design is amazing.
The radio ready Giving It All Away is nice, and Run From The Gun is too.
But really, GO SEE THESE GUYS LIVE !!!!!!!!!!!
The thing that stood out to me first was the lead singer. Im not even sure what his name is but i do know he's pretty damn good. His voice has some pain in it and you can tell that hes belting those songs out from an honest place. You know when someone is REALLY feeling their words and immerses themself in the music and he seems like the genuine article.
Once you get past how great the singer is you get to the band, which is pretty incredible as well. A lot of times, you either get a great singer or a great band, one or the other. The primary reason I don't own more rock albums is because i feel like one of those things usually suffers, but these guys hit that sweet spot where they are able to capitalize off that balance.
If I had to make a complaint I'd say i felt the mix is a little muddy. Some of the highs got a little lost on some of the songs where the distortion is revved up. However, it does seem intentional to give it that lo-fi feel and it didn't bother me. It almost makes it seem like this could have been recorded in another era.
All in all, I really appreciate what these guys are doing. Its hard and edgy at times and sincere and heartfelt at others. Oh yeah, its LOUD too, hahahahaha! I really look forward to seeing them live if i ever get a chance.