Share DEATH RAY - Dumbell (No Solution)
When it comes to bands that stick to their guns through good and bad times, Dumbell is top of the list. Formed in 1996 by Paul Grace Smith after departing from Sonny Vincent's Shotgun Rationale where he played with the likes of Cheetah Chrome (The Dead Boys) Bobby Stinson (The Replacements) Greg Norton (Hüsker Dü) Richard Hell, Moe Tucker(Velvet Underground)...all before the age of 25.

Dumbell has been around for well over a decade with a few dry spells in-between releasing records and touring Europe. They have shared the stage with everyone and your mother including the likes of Blowfly, Zeke, Marvel, New Bomb Turks, PPSR..you catch the drift. The band has also been linked to the Hydromatics (featuring Detroit's legendary Scott Morgan and the The Hellacopters' golden boy Nicke) and the notorious Nitwitz of Amsterdam fame.Hope and humor. Dirty and loud. Straight from the heart.

With "Death Ray" Dumbell add another their part to their whole, it is the fourth full album. Paul Smith and Co sound fresh and more dynamic than ever before. This becomes reality because he can rely on his friends, who share with him his vision of a harmonious rock and roll band. Wilder than beforre this is a fast and snotty mix of punk and rock 'n' roll.

With emphasis on the punk: Only two of the 15 songs exceed the three-minute mark. Smith offers the perfect formula of songwriting, performance and authenticity. Mr. Smith had the support of his old companions Sonny Vincent (Testors) and Bernadette (Gee Strings) and therefore the songs still get an additional unmistakeable touch.

The opener "Fuck Rock - Let's Kill" shows without doubt where we're heading on this 45-minute trip. This is the into the rough and dirty rock 'n' roll world of Paul Grace Smith. Kicking asses, scream-along melodies and choruses are found en masse, always pushing on the gas pedal. They did not re-invent the wheel but they have found their own sound and the evidence is in the energy of the pure punk stomper ("10,000 Miles") and the powerpop beats ("Bottom of Your Heart".)

As for the the pick tips, I would recommend "10,000 Miles", "Heart Spitting Out Teeth" and "Bottom of Your Heart." Doomsday International Punk Rock at its best!

Now we are all looking forward to the fifth album, which has been announced for the fourth quarter of 2011. - Andreas Gebhardt


 

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