The Dylan Storey Band: Bones
By Mark Laurent
Rooted firmly in the ‘70s, this is classic four-piece blues/rock. Dylan Storey writes, sings and plays guitar with Cole Goodley on drums, Chris Dunn, bass and Billy Squire on Hammond/keys. Dylan (Bob) and Rory Gallagher are cited as influences, and I discerned a splash of Who and Syd Barrett, as well as more recent flavours, Joe Jackson and John Butler. Lyrics embrace apocalyptic politics and relationship angst - sometimes interchangeably! Satan is credited in the liner notes, but these guys sound too sincere to be mates of the Prince of Darkness - unless, of course, we’re talking about Ozzy. The title track has a Black Sabbath clunky riff, and War is somewhat ‘paranoid’ in its machine gun stutter, and definitely paranoic in lyric content. The album has an analogue feel, like early, harmonically grainy, Lenny Kravitz. For me the drum sound lacks presence and ambient space, but the overall vibe is all there. Dylan’s voice is not to all tastes, and on a couple of tracks is less than convincing, but then people say that about Bob (Dylan) too!