Review – “Arrangements” – Dadweed

a0855980918_16reviewed by Laura Stanley

Last week I reviewed a band called Surf Dads and this week it’s Dadweed. So it would seem like Dad band names are the new all lower case band names. But how much of a buzz does this Dad create?

Dadweed is suitably hazy – a mix of bedroom pop and garage pop-rock styles with a constant layer of fuzz –  and cool in their uncoolness. Their latest EP Arrangements is a collection of anxiety and general uncertainties and attempts to combat it all. The instrumentally minimal closer “Fuck It, Forget It” is dominated by the frantic shouts of Dadweed’s James as he tries to wade through the clutter in his head while in the “hazy cloak” of “Cigarette Commercial,” Dadweed try to maintain that they’re not “squares.” Only in the fuller “No Cash” do Dadweed actually sound cool and comfortable, content in the simple things despite their lack of money.

Arrangements shines the brightest early on though, in its opening track “Liberosis.” It’s a ragged and rocking plea to self to let. things. go, care less about what other people think, and be happier. Multiple voices join in on the appeal along with a choir of whining and cracking guitars, all in support of enjoying the good stuff of life.

The Vancouver band make lo-fi pop-rock that’s not particularly flashy or complex but it’s entertaining and earnest like most Dads. Dadweed won’t build you a deck but they won’t embarrass you in front of your friends either.

Top Track: “Liberosis”

Rating: Young Hoot (Decent)

One comment

  1. […] Dadweed nicely balance the sweetness and sourness of Christmastime on “The Nutcracker in 3D.” In a sweet power-pop style, the band celebrate surviving another year but they also sneer at the commercialism of the holiday season: “I’ll show you how much I love you, I’ll buy presents at the mall.” For those who have mixed feelings about Christmas, this one is for you. […]

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