Denver-based folk-rock outfit Jeffrey Dallet Band recently released a new album, Acid Tongue, a collection of nine tracks blending the melodicism of folk-rock with the muscle of hard rock.
Talking about Acid Tongue, Jeffrey shares, “The new songs reflect on me as a person by detailing what concerns me or what has been brewing in my heart and soul for a long time. I’m very concerned about people’s wages and livelihood, and how it’s almost impossible to now afford to live in the city of Denver and the surrounding areas. I think the political climate also has a lot to do with the new songs on this album.”
Made up of Jon Von (bass, keyboards, guitar, backing vocals), Brian Bodley (drums, percussion), Scott Holland (lead guitar, baritone guitar, mandolin, backing vocals), and Jeffrey Dallet (guitar, vocals, harmonica), the Jeffrey Dallet Band has performed at prominent Denver venues such as the Oriental Theatre, Larimer Lounge, Walnut Room, The Café at the Folk Center, along with venues in Durango, Boulder, and Cheyenne, Wyoming,
Entry points on the album include “Sweet Cindy,” opening on tasty Cappella harmonies flowing into growling, dirty guitars riding a potent rhythm. Amalgamating folk-rock with hints of punk pizzazz, the song surges with alt-rock textures and vibrant vocal harmonies.
Via expressive lyrics, the track tells a tale of a madcap, wild relationship.
“She’ll squeeze my soul out of her eyes / Then choke me out in between her thighs / I’ll come up for air, she’s still pissed I’ll surmise / That’s cause she is a mental case.”
“Sinners Dance” rolls out on a sparkling piano, creamy yet with ominous flavors. The mid-tempo rhythm infuses the cadence with undulating textures of indie-rock, low-slung and enticing. Jeffrey’s rich tones fill the lyrics with vestiges of regret and melancholy.
“Psalms of Freedom” rides thick, dark guitars atop a crunching rhythm as Jeffrey’s portentous voice imbues the lyrics with the piquancy of the collapse of the American Dream. “45 Song” travels on savors of folk-rock reminiscent of John Mellencamp. The Mid-Western-flavored melody, especially on the chorus, features alluring layers of delicious sonic flow.
“City at Night” features a drawling harmonica, infusing the tune with tender wistfulness. Gentle, gleaming guitars give the harmonics graceful, seductive textures rippling with velvety undulations. Jeffrey’s poignant vocals inject the lyrics with longing for something genuine in the middle of dissolving desires and promises.
With Acid Tongue, the Jeffrey Dallet Band offers luscious amalgamations of folk and alt-rock, dishing out captivating music with keen lyrics.