Dead End packs the testosterone on Sex Sells
By Linda Fullerton
Dead End''s CD, Sex Sells on Manic D Records, is packed with testosterone. There is no doubt that these guys say what they mean, and mean what they say--no second-guessing here. The CD consists of two parts, Part I: Studio Daze featuring 5 original songs, and Part II: Radio Waves containing a series of radio interviews/appearances and re-mixes of some their originals and cover tunes. Arak Van Wolfe (co-producer) is on bass and lead vocals while Johnny Hot Rod provides the synth melodies and cyber beats. What''s Real Unlimited studio guru Matt Guarnere (MDG) plays drums and percussion and produced and engineered the songs on Part I. Robert Blackurn, owner of Black Dog Studios, engineered and produced Part II. The disc starts out with “Hell Yeah,” recorded live at Blue Cross Arena/War Memorial and sounds like a throw back to the days of stadium rock anthems. “Liquor Dry,” my favorite song on the disc, has Led Zeppelin overtones fused with a punk rock feel a nice combination. “4th Down and Goal to Go” is a sports fan''s delight--if you love football this song is for you. Show Me Your" is the bands way of calling it like they see it-an honest song about what many men really have on their minds about women. “Madman in a Minivan” is a very dark commentary about the state of the world. Their use of sampling throughout the songs was very interesting and tasteful. One thing I have learned is to never judge a band by its name. Keep an eye and ear on this band. Dead End has by no means reached the end of the road and has the potential to create some very interesting musical fusions in the future.
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