Eighth Street Tap Room

New York City's Darediablo are one of the unlikeliest rock bands to roar out of the newly christened Rock-n-Roll Mecca in along time. Eschewing the standard 4-piece, the trio employs guitars, drums, and keyboards, including Hammond organ and Fender Rhodes, to kick out deceptively complex riffs, angular solos, bone-jarring rhythms, juggernaut bass lines, and atmospheric harmonics. "Feeding Frenzy", the band's SOUTHERN Records debut, is an explosive document of Darediablo's emergence into their own sonic space.If hard pressed, you could say that as much in spirit as in style, they call to mind the threatening crunch of AC/DC, the spring-coil tightness and groove of the Meters and the atmospherics of Deep Purple - comparisons so far-flung they probably don't help much. The massive low end of their sound comes from the chunky bottom of Jake Garcia's guitar sound pared with bass lines played on Matt Holford's keyboards, anchored by Chad Royce's sinewy drumming.Darediablo's influences reach much farther back than the bulk of their "instrumental rock" peers. They are an updated but dumbed-down version of the classic organ trios of the 1950's -- here the guitar accounts for a full third of the sound and often leads the band, the drums crack the whip but keep the reins in tight and the keyboards have wider a vocabulary of textures to fill out the rest.More importantly, Darediablo, in the words of the venerable Village Voice, "rock with more power and finesse than most bands twice their size and wattage", which, when all is said and done, really is the bottom line.Darediablo will tour the US this Fall in support of their SOUTHERN debut release.


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