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“Dead Man’s Dream” Album Review

Most of the post-punk revivalists of the past ten years get it wrong in one big way. They forget that many of the goth icons ended up writing what became the pop staples of 80s radio. Even “Boy’s Dont’ Cry” might have come from the Cure’s punk rock beginnings , but had hooks and did not just wander around feeling sorry for itself in the batcave. So ear for songwriting is what impresses me with this Turkish project. I get tons of album in my in-box, so to stand out I listen for melodies that grab me and make me want to listen to them again. The first things that stood out to me about this project was the fact the vocals have some balls behind their croon. They fall somewhere between Peter Steele in their richness and VNV Nation in their pop sensibility and melodrama.

The bass line to the opening song has a more classic goth feel. But the band doesn’t limit themselves to being a Cure or Joy Division tribute band and also manage to keep many elements of darkwave in play as well. The guitar playing is not all atmosphere and effects and they prove they have the chops to pull off a very rock n roll solo. The upbeat strum to “Breakdown” was questionable at first as it seemed to happy for me. But this is also coming from a guy who sees “Love Cats” and “Just Like Heaven” to be his opportunity for a bathroom break when he goes to see the Cure in concert. Sure this change of tempo is poppier and doesn’t not really capture what I liked about the first song , but is still rather decent. I understand the confusion , since I said what new school post-punk bands miss is the hook oriented quality their forefathers used to retain their staying power.The difference is the mood created when you are doing so. The Smiths managed to retain a vital quality of melancholy even at their most bouncing moments tempo wise. So what we have here is more of a Crowded House like quality to the guitar that takes me some getting used to.

“Sarah” has more aggression in the verses. The chorus is more understated, but I think it makes for a pretty strong song. Another upbeat tempo though I can feel more of a darker overtone to this one. Its polished in the way The Church or the Mission Uk were in their more radio friendly aspirations , his baritone is particularly resonant here. Overall this album serves as a wonderful introduction to a band that deserves for you to keep an ear out ready for their future. Turkey is not the first place I would have suspected this to have come from, yet they managed to pull this off with a great deal of grace. If you are looking for something that pays proper homage to where this genre comes from without getting lost chasing the ghost of the past then this is an album for you.


Review by Wil Cifer

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