Distributor/Label: Close To Home Records
Distributor/Label URL: http://closetohomerecords.com
Buy Album: http://closetohomerecords.com/webstore/dearist-this-house-has-no-windows-180g-12
Band Website: http://dearist.bandcamp.com/
BAND LINE UP:
Adam Binder – bass + vocals
Michael Ingram – guitar
Lee Jarratt – guitar
Chris Tucker – guitar + vocals
Mitch Davis – drums
6. Something Unreal
8. What You Want
After two albums with Kyoto Drive, Vocalist/ Bassist Adam Binder has diverted a large portion of his attention to his side project Dearist and has produced the band’s first debut release through Close To Home Records. Remaining with drummer Mitch Davis, the album titled ‘This House Has No Windows’ is made up of nine tracks of what can only be described as a catalogue of basic guitar hooks, repetitive riffs and uninspiring vocals. There is not much that would separate Dearist from a large list of bands that have made a living exploiting the deep, raw feelings of confusion and anger with the world that one will experience on this crazy ride called life. It’s not as if other musicians have an aversion to exploiting deep emotion, or any other subject for that matter, but I feel that there is nothing on offer within this album that could put Dearist upon the top of the pile or make them stand out as front runners in this genre. There seems to be several similarities with Kyoto Drive although the songs have taken a more deeper, heavier turn which gives Dearist their own identity of sorts, this may have been the inspiration for Adam Binder deciding to move forward with this project. In my opinion the pop rock scene is heavy diluted already-but I guess all genres can be described as such-and Dearist will have to have produced something quite unique to stand out from the rest.
In terms of content Dearist have kept a simplistic take on song structures without pushing the boat out too much with technical composition and there really hasn’t been too much variety added to the mix. There are some nice moments of instrumentation throughout but this vocal style that Adam Binder prefers just does not agree with myself. If you haven’t heard this style before, picture a poor unfortunate soul that leaves their mum’s house, it’s raining outside, it’s also winter and it’s freezing. The poor fellow just broke up with their sexual partner-2 weeks before Christmas-and everything is wrong with the world. So the star of our show walks out, hood up with the cliche down trodden demeanour and gets splashed by a massive puddle that has cascaded all over the unlucky individual as a school bus of laughing children drives by. That scream of unbridled, unquenchable agony and misery that belts out at a ridiculously high pitch pretty much sums it up. Though this vocal technique is prolific throughout a lot of this type of emo-rock pop it really just rubs against one’s ears in a very unpleasant manner. For guitar and drum parts I would say that the penultimate track ‘What You Want’ serves as their most potent track.
There are some instances of catchy music and certain parts of songs do resonate quite well such as ‘Blemish’ which has a nice partnership of guitars and I will admit a nice touch of vocals, not overbearing but quite agreeable. It is a moody song but a moody song done right. It shows that there is another side to Dearist, one that is more exploratory and also very intuitive. Sadly there are only a few examples throughout this album, doesn’t excite as much as it inflicts nausea. In terms of the pop rock genre I could say the same applies to most bands so Dearist probably have crafted a nice album that fits perfectly into a large, seemingly endless pool of other band’s that seem to go through the same incidents throughout life, the same obstacles met, the same hurdles that are there to be overcome AND produce an extensive discography describing such endeavours. Time will tell if Dearist have much success throughout the next couple of years, with Adam Binder and Mitch Davies still remaining with Kyoto Drive so will there be much space for investment?
REVIEW BY: PETE MUTANT