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Album Review: Dick Tracy

07 May 2018 // A review by butch181

Dick Tracy have an exciting style of music, combining heavy rock with blues. The style could be compared to Beastwar’s Matt Hyde or King Cannons' Luke Yeoward singing for Skinny Hobos. Musically speaking, Dick Tracy have pinned down their sound very well. 

Each track has an insistent pounding drums, and their guitarists rarely waver from their preferred distortion style. While it works well with the album and creates a cohesive connected release, they would do well to insert a bit more variety in their style in future releases to break up what could become monotonous over an extended time.

Keir Scott’s vocals are well suited for the style of music, with a deep gravelly voice that pairs well with the distortion of the guitars. This self-titled album is full of heavy-hitting grungy rock tracks with a bluesy tinge. Interestingly, the album contains another version of Tequila Song, which was last released on The Red Hand EP; the new version which is 30 seconds shorter, and has a much deeper, full-bodied vocal performance from Scott. The album also contains re-recordings of the band’s first two singles Old Long Johnson and Party Pete.

The album ends on The Great White Myth, a track a minute and a half longer than anything else on the album. It started strong with The Grand Design and didn’t let up until right at the end. Consistent quality of sound in each track, that has so much energy that they will undoubtedly perform brilliantly live.


Review written by Alex Moulton

About Dick Tracy

Only a month into jamming, Dick Tracy entered a battle of the bands judged by internationally acclaimed musician and producer; Tiki Taane. Winning the final, Tiki whisked them off to the studio to produce their first single Old Long Johnson which Dick Tracy then went on to produce a music video for the single themselves with zero budget.

Shortly after, Dick Tracy won fan favourite prize at local music festival Tankapalooza which granted them yet another free recording to which their second single Party Pete was recorded.

After playing many shows and gaining a steady following, Dick Tracy moved into Wellington's Munki Studios (Beastwars, Fat Freddy’s Drop and TrinityRoots) to record their debut EP The Red Hand and released the single Black Heart as another DIY video.

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Releases

Dick Tracy
Year: 2018
Type: Album
The Red Hand
Year: 2015
Type: EP

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