25 Jun 2017
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Decades - Single Review: I Was With Him

14 Feb 2017 // A review by butch181

I Was With Him is the definition of New Zealand music. It has the highly melodic (but more importantly) deep notes that perfectly illustrate the New Zealand accent we are famous for, and a simple musical structure that transcends genres from pop to rock, but focuses on vocals and lyrical content over musical technicality. It is a sound that is the epitome of radio friendly. You can hear the musical influences of established artists, such as Stellar* front woman Boh Runga (you can hear parallels in the songwriting style and harmonies to that of All It Takes), and Tadpoleís Renťe Brennan, but most notably Fur Patrolís Julia Deans (the verses have strikingly similar vocal characteristics to the lead track Andrew from Fur Patrolís debut album).

The track was a grower for me personally; unsure of the slow start initially, but eventually loving the swell towards the grungier second half of the track. The style would easily fit in with Courtney Loveís Mono album, though it has a much cleaner, classier tone to it. The song progresses from a typical formulaic Kiwi song, to a definite Decades track, with vocalist Emma Cameronís beautifully raw, and energetic rock voice.

Each chorus builds tension further, increasing and expanding  the vocal range and intensity until the breakdown, where we are delighted by that punky, abrasive, in-your-face tenacity, with the finest volume and strength since Decadeís first debuted with Terrified. At full volume, the emotion portrayed through the vocals at the climax is enough to give the listeners physical shivers of gratification. If trends continue, Emma Cameronís vocal confidence and power will soon deliver a manifestation that will rival (or even surpass) the likes of Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.

About Decades

Formerly known as Ashei, there are a myriad of ways to describe NZ rock outfit, Decades, but one word that really summarises their so-far 5 year journey in sharing their music is simply: determination. Bursting on to the scene in 2009 led by a unique female voice that reaches both the gritty angst and delicate reservedness of the vocal spectrum, Decades have shown they are an independent Kiwi rock band to really watch with their shared passion for intense live performance and honest song writing.

Members Emma Cameron (vox/guitar), Liam Muir (guitar), Daniel Perry (drums) and Curtis Booth (bass) have spent the last several years focussing on honing in on their unique sound, independently releasing a scattering of singles and music videos to varying levels of local success, playing as many local shows as they could muster around their full-time day jobs, and supporting larger national and international acts such as Midnight Youth (NZ), Villainy (NZ), The Ataris (US), and Scary Kids Scaring Kids (US).

In 2013, Decades knew they were at a point of Ďgo big or go homeí, and so they began to envision what the next couple of years should look like, and how they were going to reach these milestones. Early 2013 saw Decades lock in with producer Matt Bartlem of Loose Stones Studios in QLD to create their debut record. Faced with the many obstacles of an independent band, the band launched - and achieved - a $10,000USD indiegogo crowd funding campaign in mid-2013, to head over to the studio in Australia to complete a 5-track EP.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Decades

Releases

The Truth and Other People
Year: 2017
Type: Album
Music Is Boring
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Nine To Twelve
Year: 2013
Type: EP
Light And Live
Year: 2011
Type: Album

Other Reviews By butch181

Album Review: Infinity
15 Jun 2017 // by butch181
Infinity has an angelic calmness to their music. The debut album garners close to an hours worth of material, split into nine tracks, three of which (Infinity, Caris' Land, and Reconnaissance 404) are split further into distinct parts.
Read More...
Gig Review: The Jordan Luck Band @ The Brownzy, Auckland 27/05/2017
09 Jun 2017 // by butch181
Heading into the Browns Bays Brownzy Sports Bar, the anticipation in the air was substantial. The venue was full, the bar was jammed; the only area that didnít look over capacity was the outdoor smoking area.
Read More...
Gig Review: No Sky @ The Wine Cellar, Auckland 24/05/2017
30 May 2017 // by butch181
On a Wednesday evening I was invited along to an EP release at St Kevinís Arcade, in the Wine Cellar; one of Aucklandís Karangahape road music venues. The release was an intimate affair, with the audience composed of the musicians, family and friends, and myself.
Read More...
Tablefox - EP Review: Glass Houses
19 May 2017 // by butch181
The Glass Houses EP starts out with an instrumental introduction. A three minute long track that begins with keys and a quiet, gentle and fragile guitar riff, but is then joined by a second louder, more abrupt guitar.
Read More...
Gig Review: Clap Clap Riot @ REC, Auckland, 05/05/2017
14 May 2017 // by butch181
It has been many years since I have heard from Clap Clap Riot. Probably a consequence of listening solely to The Rock FM when it comes to the radio, but with a new release, it seemed like I was overdue checking them out.
Read More...
Gig Review: Head Like A Hole @ Galatos, Auckland 04/05/2017
14 May 2017 // by butch181
Heading in to the venue, it was to be my first gig at Auckland's Galatos venue. Situated not too far away from the now-sold Kings Arms Tavern, and the currently for sale Wine Cellar and Whammy Bar, Galatos is in a prime position.
Read More...
Gig Review: Thomas Oliver @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland 05/05/2017
07 May 2017 // by butch181
On a lovely brisk Friday evening I find myself sitting outside of the Tuning Fork, adjacent to the recently renamed Spark Arena in Auckland. The skies dark but clear, as I wait by the gas heaters for the opening artist to take to the stage.
Read More...
Lucifer Gunne - EP Review: The Red King
04 May 2017 // by butch181
An interesting short EP. Of the five tracks included, only three are of real substance, enclosed by the suitably named Intro and Outro.
Read More...
View All Articles By butch181

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • DESPACITO (REMIX)
    Luis Fonsi And Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
  • I'M THE ONE
    DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper And Lil Wayne
  • HUMBLE.
    Kendrick Lamar
  • SHAPE OF YOU
    Ed Sheeran
  • 2U
    David Guetta feat. Justin Bieber
  • ATTENTION
    Charlie Puth
  • STRIP THAT DOWN
    Liam Payne feat. Quavo
  • THUNDER
    Imagine Dragons
  • MALIBU
    Miley Cyrus
  • THERE'S NOTHING HOLDIN' ME BACK
    Shawn Mendes
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem