The modern radio era is dominated by bands that fancy themselves latter-day Sex Pistols but sound more like bad Green Day knockoffs. Into this musical climate, Texas based, Dharma Kings inject a potent breath of fresh air with its five
song seEp, 'Lords Of The Dead'. The band have provided support for Flock of Seagulls, Faster Pussycat, Asleep at the Wheel, Bullet Boys, L.A. Guns, One Eyed Doll, Hellion, Broken Teeth, Wes Cage, Soak and Eddie Trunk. The band's music has also received massive attention overseas resulting with an upcoming European tour in 2017. The band is comprised of, David Komie - vocals, Richard Jessee - guitar, Tom Coyne - bass and Olivier Porrini - drums. At face value, the band's five song Ep , is a pretty rich hard rock album. Only traces of the alternative/grunge sound hover around its edges. Mainly the production style and some of the riffs. But in most respects, this is very much a hard rock recording. Intellectually, Dharma Kings step well beyond most rock bands with innovative musical intricacies and astute lyrics. David Komie's vocal prowess and delivery are on display on songs like, "America" "Carl Sagan" and " Tied To A Chair", where he whispers and roars. Richard Jessee is a very unique guitarist, not playing conventional solos, However, Dharma Kings are more about band interplay than individual playing: Olivier Porrini 's exact and meticulous drumming; Tom Coyne's gritty, growling bass; Richard Jessee guitar sounds are powerful and go for the throat. I have to say, it was incredibly difficult for me to crack Dharma Kings' music. However, once I did, I never looked back. If you're a music fan with an open mind and enjoy innovation and musical depth as much as I do, give Dharma Kings a listen. Listen closely to the words and think about it...interesting stuff. Recommend for anyone looking for a great listening experience. Very aggressive yet awesome.
- Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society