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Unearthed Reviews: DRAGONSHEAD. Two stars

By Barcham 2 May 2013 0


Unearthed Reviews 2.0 delivers it’s next update.

Today the random number generator told me 18, which means I’m reviewing DRAGONSHEAD.

Good name.

It’s probably supposed to be Dragon’s Head, but I can’t help but read it Dragon Shead. I’m aware a ‘shead’ isn’t actually a thing, but I can’t help but see it.

In my head it’s pronounced ‘Dragon Shee’d”

Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

Dragonshead are a studio concept band working out of “The Studio” in Canberra. Creating radio/Internet friendly tunes and songs that cover a wide range of styles. Dragonhead has never [to date] appeared live and concentrates on recording songs for the Internet.

Here’s what I have to say about them:

DRAGONSHEAD seemed so promising, but unfortunately did not turn out to be as exciting as their name suggested. I was hoping for something a bit more… dragony? I don’t know.

DRAGONSHEAD lists itself as a dance/pop act. I don’t see it. To me they seem to sit somewhere between electronica, david bowie, reggae, and folk rock. Probably mostly the ont he folk side of things. However instead of being a wonder mix of what makes all of those things great, our Dragon kinda feels a bit too thin.

Less like a dragon, more of a wyrm.

I have no idea why I felt that distinction was necessary.

They say that they are not a ‘show’ band, but instead want to put music together for the internet, and their style certainly suits a more passive approach. I’ve had their two tracks playing in the background for a while as I work and they don’t offend. When I stop and focus though I find myself losing interest.

Downloading Life reminds me of those songs you get when an ageing rocker tries to re-imagine his sound for the modern era. I have images of Sting trying to sell himself as a dance electronica artist.

Lay Down Your Guns has a much better idea of what it wants to be. It sits a lot further towards the rocky folk music side of things and is much easier to get behind.

It’s not that I believe the band is bad, it’s just that I don’t think they really know what they’re trying to achieve. I think if they really picked a sound and direction, and perhaps put a well placed space in their name, I would enjoy their work a lot more.

Two stars.

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