Derecho – Coffee and Disruption
Released in the last days of 2013, Derecho are a Cambridge based band formed of some very talented musicians.
They’ve frequently been described as a group with driving rhythms and a strong melody, and the first song certainly sucker punches you in the face. Especially if you have your volume button left turned up. Straight in without a half-bar intro is Remembered. Immediately, the word Rock comes to mind – and not in the loosey-goosey genre that’s used to describe any band that crawls out of a London sewer. This is the original stuff. No fancy effects pedals, loop machines or over the top wah-whas. Just rollicking (yes, I just used that word) guitar motifs and classic beefy bass riffs. Above all, the instrumentals are what makes Derecho worth listening to.
Perfect, Like You is the second track off Coffee and Disruption and has a big screen quality to it. Perhaps the soundtrack to a ’90s movie with a training montage? Either way, it’s strong, it’s powerful and nobody can deny the talent behind Jo Ash’s voice. At the core, she sounds classically trained however her vocals are part punk, part operatic, part theatre; like Hayley Williams (Paramore) having a street fight with Debbie Harry and Katherine Jenkins was there to pick up the pieces. Very versatile. Very rich.
Although some may say that Derecho’s songs aren’t catchy enough for commercial appeal, for some reason, I don’t believe that’s what they’re going for. Whoever understands them will love them. Even before their halfway track, December, they have solidified their sound and what they want to say as musicians.
The two standout tracks for me are Void and Alibi. The aforementioned brings the listener in with a great little funk guitar piece played high up on the neck – the way it’s meant to be. The latter contrasts slightly to the rest of the album. The tempo slows right down and the music and vocals seem to fit together more succinctly; simply because at times in the album it feels like the lyrics and instrumentals were written independently of each other. However, Alibi is a harmonious marriage made in minor key heaven.
Big on touring, you should check out their updated Facebook Page as after listening to the album Derecho is definitely a band that you want to hear live.