I’ve listened to a lot of albums start to finish, and it’s always interesting to see what song the artist chooses as the first thing the listener hears; it sets the tone and decides the attitude towards the rest of the album. I also feel like when listening to an album, especially from an artist I’ve never heard before, there’s a point where I realize either “wow, I love this band.” or “okay, maybe this just isn’t for me.”
30 seconds into “Dead Alien” I thought to myself “Wow, I love this band”. This song made me so excited to hear what the rest of the album, SLUSH, had to offer. The song perfectly mixes punk themes, lo fi rock, and beach vibes. It starts off with this really nasty bass line that sets the tone for the chord progression that’s later played by the lead guitar. I love how thick the sound is in the beginning of the song, and as each instrument makes their appearance, the song picks up in energy, while the bass continuously contributes heavy, warm tones. Amongst the dense sound, the vocals and guitar cut through nicely with short, staccato like singing and a grunge guitar sound that easily sticks out. I’m also a huge fan of the drum part in this song. I think the addition of the double strokes on the bass drum during the chorus was genius, and I love that you can almost not hear it; it’s so subtle and great.
Overall, this song has great energy, and it just makes me so happy! Please check out the rest of the album, SLUSH, by the Naked Giants for some other great tunes.
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DEAD ALIEN(2018): NAKED GIANTS.