Review by Paul Broome
Yes, the West Midlands created and has always led the way when it comes to Metal. But there was a period in the late 80s and early 90s where it also spawned some of the great indie bands – Dakota Beats are the latest indie wunderkinds on the block.
‘The Guilt’ kicks off this debut EP with a driving bouncing bass line, and a wash of melodious heavily reverbed guitar which drops away to greet the voice of Daniel Harris. a worthy introduction to the sounds of Dakota Beats – with the band’s pop sensibilities well to the fore – a chorus you can sing-a-long to, and a building euphoric vibe tide which sweeps along to the end of the track. Second track ‘The Tides’ is an altogether rowdier proposal, full of swagger and a great punchy guitar riff.
‘Come Home’ drops the pace a little, for an emotive but no less impacting and still upbeat ballad – which reminds me a lot of Shack, that underappreciated but highly influential bunch of Liverpudlians from the early 90s. Having expressed their longing-side, the pace kicks up again for ‘Back To Me’ which has a truly great middle-8 leading into another crowd-pleasing chorus. For me, ‘Belper Row’ is probably the highlight of the EP – it builds beautifully, and is a great little story-evoking jewel of a song. A nice little tip of the hat to their Dudley roots.
There are musical references to previous ages all the way through the EP – from some of the 60s tweed/boutique guitar sounds (resplendent with tremolo), through the 80s and 90s, but the whole package comes together to form something intoxicatingly unique.
Dakota Beats are a local band on their way to big things. They’ll be making their London debut this Friday night, as part of the Madcap Stranger EP launch gig at Nambucca on the Holloway Road.
8 out of 10
- The Guilt
- The Tides
- Come Home
- Back To Me
- Belper Row