Dropsonic – The Big Nothing

The Big Nothing

What do you get when you mix together the classic rock sound of Led Zeppelin with Thom Yorke of Radiohead? The answer is Dropsonic, a trio straight out of Atlanta, Georgia. The Big Nothing, the band’s second full-length release which took nearly two years to record, is 10 tracks of relentless, riff-packed rock. The band describes the album as a “tedious record to make,” but for fans of good old rock n’ roll, the word “tedious” will never even cross their minds.
Vocalist David Chase sounds strikingly similar to Thom Yorke, especially on the album’s opener, “Headless,” not to mention the CD’s cover art which highly resembles that of Radiohead’s infamous 1995 release, The Bends. Dropsonic’s driving rhythms and thunderous drumming are reminiscent of Page and Bonham of Led Zeppelin. Dropsonic could even be coined a modern-day Rolling Stones. Despite their similarities to other bands, Dropsonic have created a distinct style of their own, fusing emotion and passion into every note.
Dropsonic have already toured across the US, playing with bands like The Strokes, Girls Against Boys, Archers of Loaf, and Robbie Krieger of the Doors. Quite an impressive track record for three southern boys playing rock music.
The only real downfall to The Big Nothing are the lyrics. Dropsonic’s music is loud and passionate, their lyrics are not. Take for example the song “Night on the Town”: “We’re going down / like a night on the town / radio turned off / dreaming other people’s dreams / is not as great as it seems / You rub it in your hair / a habit you can’t kick.” The lyrics are flat, displaying none of the emotion or energy that the music does. It seems that Dropsonic spend too much time perfecting their already intriguing music and not enough time creating lyrics to parallel their sound.
In any case, The Big Nothing is a worthwhile album to check out if you’re a rock fan or are looking for this year’s Led Zeppelin.