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Dead Favours - Single Review: Better The Weather

13 Mar 2018 // A review by ShelleySketch
Better The Weather is the third single from Auckland rockers Dead Favours. The song is the third in the trio of songs recorded in Melbourne with producer Tom Larkin (Shihad) at the end of 2016.

Better The Weather has a grunge feel which also seems to be present in the previous releases as well. However, Better The Weather definitely seems to be the more mellow track of the three releases. The instrumental of the song is rather simple, yet edgy, but remains the same throughout the song. It is interesting the way the band tend to keep the vocals at a similar level as the music as well. The track is great and it will definitely appeal to a wide range of people.

Dead Favours also released a video to accompany the track. The video was directed by Adam Jones and was based on an old 80's B rate thriller move, that the band injected some of their own humour into, which will make you think twice about swimming in the ocean!

I found the video to be a bit random. I can definitely see the 80's thriller movie effect they were going for, however the first shot of the four characters and the band seems unnecessary as they weren’t really involved in the story except of the warning sign with their name on it. Also, I found the choice of band shots interesting as most of them were mainly focused on vocalist and guitarist Jared Wrennall with parts of the band showing behind him. However, as a whole, the video is really well done and definitely shows the theme they were going for. It is very classic thriller, especially with the black and white shots thrown in there, and it accompanies the track really well.

★★★★ (4 stars)


Review written by Shelley Te Haara
 

About Dead Favours

Combining a mix of huge fuzzy and sometimes quirky riffs, groove-laden drums, beautiful falsetto vocals mixed with arena commanding screams and a level of songwriting that some say has been missing from rock for some time, Dead Favours have been quick to grab the attention of the New Zealand music scene and are going from strength to strength in a very short time.

Since their formation in early 2016, the band have released a string of singles, the most notable to date being Dig (produced by Shihad’s Tom Larkin), a riff-centric banger that quickly grabbed the attention of both audiences and radio programmers alike, spending an impressive 27 weeks in the charts. The success of this debut single lead to a nationwide tour alongside the already popular Skinny Hobos, Decades and Bakers Eddy which saw the band increase momentum and pick up an army of new fans all around the country.

The band quickly followed with the singles High Flying and Better The Weather (produced again by Tom Larkin) which has seen the band go on to be invited to perform at festivals such as Jim Beam Homegrown, Demon Energy Rock The Park and share the stage with international acts Royal Blood and Rise Against which was received with rave reviews;

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