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ALBUM REVIEW: D.B. + THE DEADBEATS – DON’T TELL NOBODY

Dylan Buchkowski: Guitars, Backgrounds Vocals 
Steve Sarens: Saxophones, Background Vocals 
Jack Sherrard: Bass, Vocals 
Jim “Hawk” Hawkins: Drums 
Dusty From: Vocals 
Mandy & Taryn Greenberg: Background Vocals 

I met Dylan Buchkowski (D.B.) back in 2016 and interviewed him. I was very impressed with his knowledge of blues history and you can see him relax on camera the more he talked about his favourite topic. His band, D.B. & The Deadbeats, is blues rock. They make music that people can dance to. Dylan is excellent on guitar and I’ve seen the band perform live and they’re tight. The album “Don’t Tell Nobody” took a while for them to put together and was finally released in January 2019.

When I first listened to the album it was just through my earbuds on my phone and, although I liked the music, I wasn’t impressed with the recording. The album was produced independently by the band and engineered by Shayne Ward of Platinum Gold Studios in Winnipeg, MB. Once I played the album through my new JBL 4 bluetooth speakers, however, the quality stepped up a couple of notches. (I wish I had an affiliate account so I could benefit from that plug, oh well.) The album sounds good. You need to listen with the right stereo equipment.

Regarding the audio engineering, there is some great left/right speaker action happening. I’d say Ward chose to do a more live sounding production for this album. That’s why you need good quality speakers to listen properly and catch the nuances to fully appreciate the talent in the band. It’s a pretty raw sounding recording, but with the right speakers, you can hear the mix. Production is good. I’d say no instrument or vocal is over-powering another. I would have liked to hear this album a little more polished, but for a debut album, it’s excellent.

What I Liked

Dylan Buchkowski and Dusty From of D.B. and the Deadbeats
Photo Credit: Picture Perfect Photography, Manitoba

I listened to the album over and over and I grew to like the songs more as I listened. Buchkowski wrote the first song “Blow Some Blues My Way”. It’s a fun lead-in to the album with sax and with Hawkins playing drum parts around the feel of the song, as a good blues drummer will. The sax riffs are pleasing and the bass line is right on. Seriously bluesy song, but Buchkowski throws in his rock guitar making it very contemporary. The composition of this song shows Buchkowski’s understanding of blues.

Lucky man has some pretty saxophone going on. From’s vocals sound great on it too. There’s a chorus of vocals singing “he’s a lucky man”. Like most of the songs on the album, it’s fun, danceable, and sing-along-able.

“Not a King” gives us an opportunity to hear Buchkowski’s talent on guitar. He throws in some nice riffs.

“All Cats Are Grey” gives us an opportunity to sample some smooth bass sounds from Sherrard.

What I Think Could Improve

I liked the sax, but it became too much as I progressed through the album. Perhaps it was the order of the songs? I’m not sure what it was because I absolutely loved Sarens on Sax, but I did become weary of it after a while. Sometimes less is more. My ears needed a rest.

I loved the song “Everybody kicks you (when you’re down)”, written by D. Gomez. It’s well written. However, I was disappointed with the vocals. From didn’t seem to be adding melody to the tune. I think this one could be improved. If they change it up a bit, it would be a killer song.

Conclusion

Overall, I believe D.B. & The Deadbeats could attract a cult following. This album just needs to be heard. If you take the time to sit between two speakers and really listen to it the way I did, you’ll know what I mean.

You can see D.B. and The Deadbeats live on March 30th, 2019 at Nashville’s, 826 Regent Ave W, Winnipeg, MB

Booking Information Email: deadbeatbookings@hotmail.com 

“LIKE” them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DB-The-Dead-Beats-67255281161/

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