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Dead Favours - Album Review: Misbehaviour

21 Jun 2019 // A review by Paul Goddard

Back in 2016 Jared Wrennall stepped out from behind the tub thumping pop/rock masterpiece that was Steriogram, picked up the guitar and got to work on putting together New Zealand’s next chart bothering Rock n Roll machine.

Now after 3 years and 3 singles we finally have the full-blown debut album Misbehaviour.

Produced by Shihad’s Tom Larkin expectations are high, but do Dead Favours have that extra edge to stand out from the current crop of soundalike radio friendly unit shifters that are on constant Radio play in NZ?

Thankfully the answer is a massive hell yeah. The collection of songs on Misbehaviour come across with an attitude and integrity that is completely believable. This is an energy driven mix of pop/punk/rock that has genuine soul. Of course, the production is great and the Shihad influences are as much in the mix as Jaz Coleman/Killing Joke was on Shihad’s FVEY, but those influences and Tom’s production skills have resulted in something special.

This harder edge, driving riff mentality makes this album stand out but the real genius is in the songwriting. The melodies are catchy without being cliched and there are so many little glimmers of light, unexpected twists and turns during each track that keep pulling the focus back to the song itself.

This isn’t music to just bounce along to. It builds, drives, slams and spins in all the right places. On Your Own has the kind of punishing riff that hits hard with its simplicity but is countered with a chorus that actually gave me goose bumps. JW can scream and howl with the best of them. He also knows how to come up with a killer melody. Play this at full volume and if it doesn’t make you move then you are already dead.

There is an often relentless pace to the music, it envelops as the riffs and pummelling rhythms swirl around a core of steely melodic bursts It’s not all bombast though Luxembourg is a trippy tune with a laid back but dark vibe full of atmosphere and the result is like listening to Radiohead and the Beatles jamming with Filter.

The brilliantly titled Noise Beers is another stand out. It spits with venom and bile. A spiky bastard of a song that is over all to soon

Tracks like Disposition add even more depth with its thoughtful lyrics and another huge chorus it chugs along steadily brooding and exploding in equal measure. Dead Favours have managed to put together a collection of songs that capture all the energy of rock and punk but are knitted together with a pop sensibility. There is passion here. You can feel it. The best artists write songs for themselves not for radio or what they think other people want to hear. This is why Dead Favours stand out.

They also happen to have made one of the best rock albums I have heard this year.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )

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;

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Dead Favours


Year: 2019
Type: Album
The Dead EP
Year: 2018
Type: EP

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