Rough-and-ready Dynamite Walls hails from San Diego, but their sound on these live tracks, which most closely resembles contemporaries Kings of Leon and Cold War Kids, portrays southern flavored, alt-leaning rock’n'roll with hints of the ’80s and a heavy U2 undercurrent that could easily have been brought up in a small town where boys wear ball caps that sport a tractor and would rather work on their car in the hot sun with a beer in hand than nosh the cocktail onion at the bottom of their martini glass while perching at a tall skinny table in an icy, trendsome bar.
Lead vocalist and guitar player Tom Pritchard shapes the band’s appeal by crafting sweaty, plebian songs – accessible stories about the regular topics of girls, hard times and real-life predicaments – which he lets loose with a compellingly unpolished vocal and a tired, could-give-a-fuck image.
A hard-working crew, Dynamite Walls succeeds in developing each song with the character of a hit single.
Their catchy Razorback is made of listenable ups and downs, a memorable chorus about a girl who’s out of control, and descriptive lyrics with dead-on imagery everyone can relate to.
All of Dynamite Walls’ tunes wave epic flags, readily adoptable as narrative soundtracks to the lives of target-market, identity-hungry kids of today. Producer/manager, Paul Fox (XTC, The Sugarcubes, Phish, 10,000 Maniacs) is banking on this, positioning Dynamite Walls as the next big break-out phenomenon.
Listen to the tracks (option/click to download):
Dynamite Walls on Myspace