As Copeland faded away from the scene Deas Vail supposedly pronounced Day-us Vayl” entered my ear canal. Though Deas Vail has been around since 2003 their momentum is picking up due to tours with the likes of Mae Lydia and O’ Brother as well as shows with Jon Foreman As Cities Burn and Jonezetta. Not to mention their spot on Warped Tour 2010 starting in Minneapolist MN August 1st.
Their First release “All The Houses Look the Same” is a great album from start to finish. There are very few bands that can pull off the soaring melodies Deas Vail gets away with. Vocalist Wes Blaylock has a vocal control far above many of his contemporaries this alone sets Deas Vail a step above the rest. What I would love to see is more harmony added into the mix. True Wes’ vocals stand alone but I am a sucker for harmonies. I love finding interesting “Indie” drummers and Kelsey Harelson fits the bill. He finds a way to make complex interesting beats catchy and driving. Coupled with keyboardist Laura Blaylock guitarist Andrew Moore and bassist Justin Froning Deas Vail paints a sonic painting that will stay in the hearts of Indie darlings for a long time to come. If you are a fan of Deathcab for Cutie Mae Copeland or Mew I suggest you check of Deas Vail.
“Light as Air”
In order to have a balanced review I will say that at times Deas Vail’s songs blend together a little to much. I listen to their CD all the time but at times I am not sure what song I am on because they all have a very similar song. It could also be pointed out that Deas Vail sounds a little to much like Copeland and Mae at times. They have a distinct sound to be sure but sometimes the line is blurred and I hear Dave Elkins or Aaron Moore shine through loud and clear. In fact on their last to Deas Vail was known to do a Copeland cover. Though if there is any band I believe could do a Copeland song justice it is Deas Vail. At times
These are not issues that should stop you from buying this CD because it is excellent and has shot to the top of my playlist. I gaurantee you will not be disappointed if you buy this CD looking to get a solid indie rock release.
In the soundtrack of my life Deas Vail fits perfectly in late night commutes through the empty streets of our city. Where will it fit in yours? There is only one way to find out.