Doosu – Feng Shui

Feng Shui

All you really need to know about this album is that it flat-out rocks. Feng Shui is Doosu’s forth album, this one being released on the band’s own BearHug label, and yet I had never even heard of the band until now. Doosu was once considered a nice little bright spot in the Northern Texas music scene, but if the band keeps cranking out records like this, it just might end up playing to larger audiences. Throughout the course of its life, Doosu has shared stages with the likes of Toadies, Porno for Pyros, Shiner, A Perfect Circle, and several other prominent acts, and the band seems to have picked up a thing or two along the way.
These are some of the most versatile songs you will have heard in a little while. They are powerful but not overpowering, intelligent without trying to be too clever. And the band makes it sound easy, rocking out with a sense of controlled recklessness one minute, gently crooning and lulling you into submission the next. There are huge riffs and sweet hooks capable of pulling in listeners from all corners, but also the mathy rhythm changes and lush layers that will hold the interest of those who prefer a more artistic and unique listening experience. This versatility is shown not only from song to song, but also occasionally within the framework of a single track. For example, “Scarlet Lullaby” starts out as a jazzy and funky rock tune that sounds like something Incubus would have written a couple of years ago, but gradually erupts into a thick wall of sound, punctuated by blazing guitars, pounded drums, and raspy shouts of “Wake up!”
The opening instrumental, “Who’s it Gonna Be?” does a perfect job of preparing you for what is ahead; speeding up, slowing down, getting aggressive, hiding in the corner. Early tracks like “Four Steps” and “In and Out” show the band’s grittier rock side, while “Working Man,” “War Plan Orange,” and “Racehorse” take breathers with a more mid-tempo and hook-oriented approach, but they remain unafraid to let their hair down and bang their heads. “Juggernaut” gets things moving again and leads you into the second half of the album as one of the most driving numbers of all, followed by the aforementioned “Scarlet Lullaby” and the equally complex but easily digestible “Atcitdio.” At times in the latter portion of the album, the band even has a bit of a jammy feel to it, comparable to the likes of I Mother Earth, especially on songs like “Heel Walker” and “Sonny.”
Back home in Texas, the Dallas Morning News has hailed Feng Shui as “one of the year’s top releases.” Though I wouldn’t go quite that far, if you like bands who bring the rock and aren’t too showy about it, Doosu should be right up your alley.