Bastards of the Beat

Bastards of the Beat

by The Damnwells


This Brooklyn group has a lot of assets that fans of Americana should lap up in a minute. After a brief introductory lament on the leadoff track, lead singer Alex Dezen toes the line between roots rock and alternative pop (à la Soul Asylum) on the gleeful, grin-inducing "What You Get." If there's any drawback to the song, it comes off as a tad incomplete, but the Westerberg-influenced "Kiss Catastrophe" rights the ship with an excellent, mid-tempo melancholic melody. The first breather on the album is a quasi-country ballad entitled "I'll Be Around," which sounds like a polished Wilco B-side attempt. The trumpet is a refreshing touch, though. The band nails the subsequent "Newborn History" far better, a slower and moodier effort resembling The Cash Brothers or, to a lesser extent, Goo Goo Dolls. It's also the first tune that slowly evolves into a grandiose affair, with guitarist David Chernis adding crisp solos. Later on, this is further perfected with a solid "Electric Harmony." "I Will Keep the Bad Things From You" is a far sparser number, with Dezen giving it a haunting, singer/songwriter touch that includes the sound of pages turning in the mix. Perhaps the highlight is the anthem-like pop
ock of "The Sound," driven by drummer Steven Terry, bringing to mind The BoDeans in their heyday. One of the odder tunes is the blips- and bleeps-oozing on "The Lost Complaint," a rich and sometimes lush pop song. The Damnwells again hit paydirt with the catchy roots pop of "New Dehli." Whether future albums head down a pop
ock or Americana path, this album is a near-perfect blend of both, as the delicious "Texas" proves.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2004
Label: Red Int / Red Ink
UPC: 0766929206922
catalogNumber: 92069

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Damnwells   Primary Artist
Jim Duffy   Organ,Piano,Group Member
Steven Terry   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
David Chernis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Bob Packwood   Organ
Alex Dezen   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Ted Hudson   Bass,Group Member
Aaron Miller   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Tim Hatfield   Producer,Engineer
Wes Kidd   Producer,Engineer
Susanne Cerha   Design Adaptation
Damnwells   Producer,Engineer
Alex Dezen   Composer
Emily Reed   Computer Editing

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Bastards of the Beat 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredible!! This really is! "Bastards of the Beat" isn’t just another good album by another good new rock band, this is a great band and the album they have given us is truly great! I first came across the Damnwells' from a live show.. they totally blew me away.. they were so unique..Incredibly powerful and put on a great show.. I just had to hear the album.. and when I finally did I was blown away once more.. it all comes down to great music and great songs... and that’s what’s going to make this band last so long.. Theyve created something very special here, full of emotion, and I’m sure that very soon they will be a household name.. Great band, great music, amazing! highly recommended Pip