steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

blankred.jpg (4669 bytes)
blankred.jpg (4669 bytes)
blankred.jpg (4669 bytes)
blankred.jpg (4669 bytes)
info opinion

The Dead on Holiday

Self-titled CDR

Clownfish Recordings

Genres: rock, indie rock

Nov 25 - Dec 1 2002

From London, England comes The Dead on Holiday. While at first I was put off by their glossy, radio-friendly rock style, their music is actually very enjoyable. Mixing a sense of grittiness with slick, professional recording, the Dead actually do have a very nice sound going on.

The first track, "Venus Punch," is a pleasant one, though it has a very strong "IT'S BEEN DONE BEFORE!!!" sound to it. Though it's the first of the four tracks, it's also the least impressive. Though the melody is very catchy, it hits a bit too close to today's mainstream "alternative rock" material. "Daylight Robbery," meanwhile, has a more appealing sound to it. Dangerously catchy, it takes a basic melody and composes a tune that takes cues from Six By Seven's music. Hints of a darker, more gritty sound lie under the track's glossy cover, and it's these moments that really show the band's promise.

"Artisans Nightmare," then, is a powerful, rocking piece that takes it up a notch, exploding forth in a flurry of ripping guitars and crazy drumming. The result is fantastic, proving that the band really can drop the whole glossy routine and just kick some major ass. "Right To Fight" finishes things off in a similarly raucous mood, boasting a bit of a Sonic Youth influence.

Altogether, this is a very enjoyable EP. With four tracks and a CD-Rom feature, it's a nice introduction to the Dead on Holiday's music. Their sound is surprisingly fresh, though they need to make an important decision: are they going to go for the bland, glossy radio sound that they exhibited on "Venus Punch," or are they going to stick with the more enjoyable, indie sound that characterizes the more successful, latter songs?


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 tracks + cd-rom feature; distributed by the label; released 2002]