Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CD Review: LA Band DTCV Look To "Heaven" For Breakout Album

From Los Angeles comes the alternative pop/punk of DTCV (pronounced "detective") with their latest album "Hilarious Heaven." It was released back in January through Xemu Records and was engineered/produced by Steve Kille (Dead Meadow) and features the songwriting of James Greer (Guided By Voices) and Guylaine Vivarat (Useless Keys).

The 26-track release interweaves little soundbites along with full-length songs to create a unique, but complete listening experience. Beginning with "I Was Where Were You," DTCV sound like a younger, more punk-like version of The Pretenders, before heading into the more mainstream sound of "Improving Ground." The band experiments on the 11-minute journey of "How Not To Be" as they bring up glimpses of classic progressive rock. They find the perfect formula for a hit single with the upbeat, alternative pop of "Electrostatic Inc.," then show their softer side on the smooth sway with the French/English lyrics of "Contre Jour." They finish up with some quick-hitting post-punk, energetic songs like "Creative Class Dismissed" and "Gone 1 Quickly."

DTCV will be starting their tour with a stop a the 2014 South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival, before making their way up to the Northeast. They also have plans to be a part of this year's Coachella Festival. To find out more about DTCV and their new album "Hilarious Heaven," please visit dtcvband.com.

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