Genre/Influences: Post-punk, wave-rock.
Background/Info: Belgian trio Dead High Wire is now active for a couple of years. They describe their sound as ‘an edgy exploration of garage & post-punk, with a sleazy indie feel’. They last year released their official debut album “Pray For Us” featuring nine songs
Content: One thing is for sure, Dead High Wire brings several influences together. There clearly is an 80s touch recovered with post-punk influences and a rock-touch reminding me The Stooges. The guitar takes an important part in the composition while drums, bass guitar and electronic arrangements are achieving their work.
+ + + : I like the fusion between different influences, but the raw and 80s-like production has something entertaining. This is music to play live! The guitar playing injects a truly ‘dark’ spirit reinforced by some solo passages. The album is a powerful and well-crafted production revealing multiple cool songs.
– – – : The single cut that couldn’t convince me is the last one, which sounds like a poorly, inspired ‘outro’.
Conclusion: Dead High Wire appears to be an interesting discovery and I hope this band can progressively reach a wider audience. “Pray For Us” is a noticeable debut album!
Best songs: “Pray For Us”, “Bbgap”, “The Parallel World”, “Worship”.