Dropsonic – Belle


Let me just start out by saying that Atlanta, Ga’s Dropsonic have put out one hell of a record. The opening cut, “Stolen,” will give you an idea what you’re about get: fantastic drum, guitar, and bass sounds. Melodic vocals. Wonderfully arranged songs. A drummer that lays down some of the most solid beats this reviewer’s ever heard. Quite frankly, it’s one of the best records that’s come across my desk in a while, and I’ll tell you why. This band is not afraid to write powerful, catchy pop songs. If I could wake up in the morning, turn on the radio, and hear music like this on the modern rock station instead of those nu-metal bedwetters subjecting me to their therapy sessions, I’d be a lot happier person. Thank God for the advent of car CD-players.
I’ve digressed. Let’s get back to “Stolen.” Unabashed, glorious slide guitar, a la Keith Richards or the Black Crowes. Totally thunderous, massive drum sounds. On vocals is Dan Dixon, who has fabulous, fragile, yet cocky vocals. I can’t quite place who he reminds me of, but believe it or not, it seems to be Thom Yorke. I know Thom has a lot of classic glam influence, as evidenced by his contributions to the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack. But imagine someone with his range and taste, singing over music that isn’t trying to destroy rock or reinvent it, but indulge in all it’s pre-college rock glory. They just nailed it, ladies and gentleman, a perfect rock anthem.
But wait, there’s more! Track two, “Eyesore,” is a meandering musical wonderland. Featuring clean, chiming guitars and the same massive drum sound from before, the time signature shifts in a math-rock fashion on the verses. However, unlike 90 percent of the bands in this genre, an actual song is written with a catchy melody. After a well-placed bridge, the band full-out rocks in a massive arena-ready style before bringing it down to a whisper at the conclusion. Stunning and intelligent, the song manages to be emotional without coming close to what could be considered emo.
The hits just keep coming. “It’s a Living” is a beautiful epic that stretches to almost six minutes. So much thought and care has been put into these songs. It’s great to hear a band that pays so much attention to arrangement these days. And “Good Intentions” sounds like it could a lost Zeppelin riff, perfectly combining the tight-as-fuck rhythm section on the verse and a soaring melody on the chorus. These guys know what makes good rock, and they aren’t afraid to mix up several different styles in the blender in search of that perfect rock sound.
I could go on and on because the rest of the record is similarly strong. But that would only be wasting valuable time that you could spend tracking down this record and buying it. This record should renew your faith that there is a LOT more that can be done with this lady we call rock and roll. And having said that, I’m going to go out and play some guitar!