ARTIST - WE LIVE IN SOD HOUSES
CD -SHARK FOR A WEEK
Genre: Modern Punk, Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: The Head and the Heart, Daughter, Grouplove, MS MR, The Black Keys, The Greenhornes
The Good: Songwriting, Consistency, Vibe
The Bad: More vocals from Rachel
The Ugly: Nothing to report
The Band:3 out of 5
The Music:4 out of 5
The Songs:4 out of 5
The Vibe: 4 out of 5
The Production: 3 out of 5
The Verdict: 3.5 out of 5
The ReviewHusband and Wife duo “We live in Sod Houses” play original music with their friends. Their sound has a wide appeal, with styles and lyrics that people can relate to. The band is an eccentric mix of characters that give a lively stage show. Every song is different, but with melodies lyrical appeal & catchy hooks Their latest album entitled “Shark for a Week” was recorded n the remote countryside of an old farm house. We had them mixed by Larry Crane at Jackpot!! Studios in Portland, Or and mastered by Garret Haines.Band Line-up includes: Dustin DeBoer (Guitar & Vocals), Rachel DeBoer (Vocals and Percussion), Josh Rieck (Bass), Steve Carlson (Drums). This band composes richly-layered tunes about life, heartbreak, love, sacrifice, memories, joy, triumph, toil and other realities of humankind. Their artful lyrics and sensational performances reveal life’s extraordinary moments and via his own vivid, personal adventures – in love. The DeBoer’s are experienced singer/songwriters/performers that reminds me of a wide range of influences, including perhaps The Beatles, Sister Hazel, The Tragically Hip, Traveling Wilbury’s and maybe The Wildflowers. I can also hear The Head and the Heart, Daughter, Grouplove, MS MR, The Black Keys and The Greenhornes. These are shots in the dark by the way. Ironically there isn’t as many couple bands in the world as one would think, although there are plenty of songs about love. These 13 tracks were released in 2014 and without question delivers a strong and diverse collection of music that really showcases all the powerful elements of classic rock and jam band with a adjacent love personality. Did I mention they are based out of Iowa? The unobtrusive vocals from mainly Dustin with Rachel backing him up for the most part coupled with good musicianship, and an as good as it gets writing style makes a very real impact. For guys like me, the more old school listener, this CD will no doubt make a splash and prove to be very enjoyable. For the more mainstream crowd it will sound like it belongs in your uncle’s record collection. The song structures are well developed and pretty complex all around – straight ahead 4 piece delivery but honestly there are more than 4 pieces. I can also hear Organ, Keyboard and Percussion. Vocals from the pair are solid! They provide a lot of depth as they can sing together or apart. They harmonize well together. I like how Dustin is the primary but Rachel is always there in the background – well done! I might add some of the greatest songs of all time will cause you to want to reflect and ponder – here these 2 are most brilliant as they totally let loose behind the mic. This whole album starts in grand fashion with rocking “People” and “Shark for a Week” to breathtaking “Pretty Face” 3 incredible pieces. “Dinner” sealed the deal for me and had me convinced what I was holding something really cool in my hands. Some other notable pieces are the title track, “Escape”, “Change” and “Old Yarn.” Jacket” delivers melodic vocal emotions and strong song structure. Both are clearly a master at delivering vocal emotion (singer to listener) especially when paired together. The music shows this is a band of substance and character.
The Bad: It would be great is we could heard more from Rachel vocally. To go with his good intensity, I would really be cool to hear a few chaotic-zany screams every once in a while from Dustin. I know he has it in him.
The Ugly: Nothing to report.
The Bottom Line: It’s true much of “Shark for a Week” gives way to a more stripped back roots of the greatest rock n roll party ever held in the 60’s and 70’s. I am even hearing Punk Rock of the 70’s and 80’s – just in the right measure. I am thankful to have grown up in that era and gotten a taste of it. I look at both Dustin and Rachel and I see a modern day version or those amazing times. Who would have thought that amazing snapshot of time would produce the greatest music the world has even known.
Marty Hogan by Markus Druery
Indieshark Music Critic