DAEZ supporting King No One @ The Arts Club
Going to see a band you’ve never heard of, or listened to before, is something that up until recently, has never seemed appealing to me. I’ve always naively assumed that you can only fully enjoy the atmosphere of a gig if you at least know the headlining act, but when the opportunity arose to review DAEZ, I just couldn’t say no.
The band, who met at College in Wallasey, is comprised of Sam Pierpoint on drums, Callum Bradford on bass, Matt Johnson on Guitar, and Charles Devitt as lead singer. They describe their sound as indie-pop, taking inspiration from bands such as The 1975, Fickle Friends, The Neighbourhood and Peace, with heavier breakdowns stemming from Charlie’s love of Muse. From speaking to the band before the gig, it was clear that they’re extremely passionate about their music, the band, and the opportunity to play alongside headliners King No One.
Their first song was a crowd pleaser; ‘She’ is characterised by a rhythmic, lighter bassline heard over heavy drumming and guitar. The song choice was obviously favoured by the crowd, who were already visibly enjoying the set. This powerful instrumentation was continued into their second song, a cover of ‘Flawless’ by The Neighbourhood. Charlie’s voice was surprisingly not drowned out by the heavy effects used on drums, something which seems to occur frequently in young bands similar to DAEZ and is a clear sign of their artistic maturity.
As each new song came, a different side to their music emerged. ‘Was it you who left so quietly’ triggered a surge of calmness throughout the audience, due to the soothing, restful character of the song. Whereas ‘X’s’, their debut single released earlier in the year, brought the energy in the room back up using a funky bassline that only rested in the breakdown; a mist of psychedelic guitar slurs and delays.
I can’t’ wait to see what this band have in store for us in the future. They have direction and although are clearly are still perfecting their onstage demeanour, performed with professionalism and confidence. It’s great that Liverpool provides so many opportunities for talented musicians, such as DAEZ, and I realise now we should make more time to listen to the potential stars of our future.
Check out their Facebook page where you can watch & buy their debut single, X’s.