This Deadline Shakes article was written by Oliver Hope, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson. Lead photo by David Baxendale
‘Zealots’ is a wonderful blend of both old and new age rock. Mixing together with essences of 70’s progressive rock and the down to earth music of the 80’s and modern day, ‘Zealots’ could have been a recipe for disaster. Instead it has flown onto the scene as one of the most enjoyable albums of this current year. It’s a polymerization of music that is combined together so well.
The album opens with the track ‘Bright Spot in a Bad Year’ and really sets the tone for the album. The acoustic guitar strums are blended together with the vocal harmonies to give the track a sound that has vastly become associated with acts from Scandinavia, such as Of Monsters and Men. ‘Shelters‘ then goes on to showcase the band’s ability to mix beautiful and uplifting vocals with upbeat choruses. A solid start to an equally solid album.
‘Zealots’ showcases the large range of styles that The Deadline Shakes can produce. It has levels of softness, but also shows a vast range of differing styles such as funk, soul and psychedelia (think David Bowie). The album is comprised of songs dating as far back as 2012. The older tracks do show a very distinguishable difference in sound and style to the newer tracks but are still very able to hold their own on the album. You may think that the combination of so many differing styles would create a jumbled mess of an album that could be deemed unlistenable, but it’s far from that. ‘Zealots’ is a musical joy, and an adventure throughout. The sheer variety of the album is staggering. ‘Zealots’ is a must-listen this new year.
‘Zealots’ is available now via Flowers in the Dustbin.