reviewed by Anna Alger
Fresh, intuitive guitar and basslines meld with experimental rock drumming in Dodgers’ aptly titled, Bombshells EP. The three-piece who hail from the outskirts of Vancouver are exploring propulsive garage influenced sounds on their debut, and are already at work on their first full-length as well as a Canadian tour.
Kicking off with “Cherry 2000,” succinct guitar riffs and a strong bassline ground the track, which explodes as the chorus hits. The musicians reel their sound back in during the verses. “Dead at Thirty, Buried at Seventy” features a full bassline and dark expository lyrics, as hinted by the song’s title. Dodgers take a more stripped back approach during the introduction of “Watch the Skies, Traveller,” wonky vocals leading the somewhat meandering track through its quiet verses and fleshed out, guitar heavy chorus. Their strongest instrumentation is featured in the somewhat improvised bridge, the guitar and bass trading off leading the song.
“Graves I Dig” is shrouded in minor keys and sinister imagery. Again, Dodgers succeed in having written a powerful bridge, led by the bass. The EP ends with “Kiss the Boys and Make Them Die,” sludgy guitar and weighty bass taking control amongst crashing drums. The pace picks up and with smart riffs, Dodgers solidify themselves as robust, inventive rock musicians.
Although the vocals are slightly lacking on Bombshells, the musicians’ interplay instrumentally more than makes up for this. Few bands are able to make rock songs that are to-the-point but still feature complex and sonically diverse bridges, which is the skill that sets Dodgers apart from run-of-the-mill rock groups. I am interested in seeing how their approach to song structure will adapt to the long play format.
Bombshells is available as a name-your-price download via Dodgers’ Bandcamp page.
Top Track: “Kiss the Boys and Make Them Die”
Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)