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 nally
released in January 2019.

When I rst 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 Shane 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
a liate account so I could bene t 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

I listened to the album over and over
and I grew to like the songs more as I
listened. Buchkowski wrote the rst
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

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

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