Over the years we’ve seen rock & hard rock slowly erode into over-commercialized, corporate puppet shows providing music that is extremely sing songy, predictable, popish & highly corporate. I hereby call this new breed of music “Poser Rock” & I want to personally thank all the corporate giants for successfully transforming “Sex Drugs & Rock n Roll” into “Yoga, Vitamins, & Nikelback” Of course millions of musical lemmings don’t know the difference, but not everyone is amused. Talking to many music fans out there the response is overwhelming. Give me something new, something raw, something that’s pushes the envelope with a fresh sound that doesn’t leave it soul at the door. Something that doesn’t sound like Nikelback, Daughtry or Lifehouse.
So across my desk slides the new CD by New Jersey’s own David Dashdown or Dashdown. What I heard put a smile on my face. This latest CD entitled Rock n Roll Vacation has everything the name implies. It’s a nice easy flowing record that delivers solid songwriting with a hard hitting rock edge. Dashdown reminds me of a modern day Steve Miller Band, Smithereens, with maybe a hint of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. There’s definitely a Jersey sound cut from the same cloth as classic Bon Jovi & Bruce Springsteen. You will also hear a side of Americana & Rockabilly Blues. It’s also impressive how modern some of the pieces sound — sounding similar to acoustic material by Sublime. If you like the above bands you should definitely check out this CD. CD is available on CD BABY & can be downloaded on I — Tunes.
Rock n Roll Vacation by Dashdown is clearly a solid release with many feel good rock grooves with a heavy Jersey driven guitar sound that hits hard right between the eyes. It’s a record that gives us a fresh glimpse at a new artist & takes us back a few years — before everything started sounding like — well Nikelback.
Written by Kevin Huber[Rating: 4/5]