Renowned futurist architect, Luigi Ferrara, is possibly best known for his belief in the power of imagination. In order to solve today’s problems, Ferrara claims that it is vital that we hold a clear vision of what we want instead. Using the design and creation of large buildings as his metaphor, Ferrara holds that until we can come up with a solution to a problem, it will persist.
Southern America-styled rockers, Dead River Kings, from Teesside, seem to have no issues at all in imagining who they are and what they want to be: they’re hard-rocking, fast-living, guitar soloing partiers.
Interesting, given the later messages of the EP, ‘Jaded and Blind’ starts off with a self-titled track that includes tales of getting old and cynical; set to a blistering heavy rock sound with strong riffs, it’s perhaps the most downbeat of the EPs messages.
The band maintain their Black-Crowes styled sound across later tracks ‘247365’ (a cleverly titled pun on partying all day and night) and ‘Pipe of Gold’, switching their messages to classic rock ideologies of living life to the full and pursuing your dreams – ironically, the opposite of being jaded.
With interesting time changes, epic drum riffs and stratospheric vocals, this EP is a fine demonstration of a band keen to be taken seriously as musicians. The Dead River Kings may not be creating buildings, but they certainly have a clear vision of what they want to achieve and are aiming to build something which lasts for a long time.
You can now listen to ‘Jaded and Blind’ on Spotify.