Dynamos – Knowledge

“Knowledge” is an early contender for best rock single of 2018 and continues the rapid ascent of the Los Angeles’ Dynamos. The five member unit is fronted by one of the best singers, regardless of gender, to emerge from rock music in quite some. Nadia E., however, fronts an equally capable musical outfit as this single clearly illustrates. The two guitar monster of Jacob Mayeda and Carlos Barrera provide plenty of fireworks and color for the single, but they play with an effective mix of soulful restraint and aggressive rock riffing while the rhythm section of musical director/bassist Nick Schaadt and drummer Ian Nakazawa lay down a thunderous, challenging groove that nonetheless maintains strict fidelity to the genre’s demands. If Dynamos accomplish nothing else for a listener, they prove there’s plenty of stylistic life left in rock music as they do a memorable job of leaving their own mark on the form, but smarter listener will hear more at work here. Dynamos’ “Knowledge” is an uniquely personal, yet widely accessible, rock song possessing gripping verve that can carry the sound far into the future. Continue reading “Dynamos – Knowledge”

Dynamos – “Shake, Rattle and Roll”

Dynamos’ “Shake, Rattle and Roll” has a powerful heavy rock sound that is reminiscent of Vixen. The assertive vocals laid down are matched well through technically proficient instrumentation. Everything has its place here and establishes the overall mood for the single. I feel that the inclusion of a very prominent bass line is a stellar decision here; one is able to imagine the activity that made it difficult “to get out of bed”. A sizzling guitar line works well both to add to these vocals as well as stand out boldly; listen to the absolutely insane way that the guitar solo concludes Shake, Rattle and Roll.  Continue reading “Dynamos – “Shake, Rattle and Roll””