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Damsel Fly - 2006 What Lies Beneath

ARTIST: Damsel Fly
ALBUM: What Lies Beneath
LABEL: Renegade Productions
SERIAL: 82032
YEAR: 2006
SPONSOR: Renegade Productions


LINEUP: Lisa - vocals, guitars * Mike - guitars * Mario - bass * Jared - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Stay * 02 Nowhere * 03 Let You Go * 04 Buried Alive * 05 Anyway * 06 Misfortune * 07 Broken * 08 No Mercy * 09 Lie To Me *10 No Way Out


WEBLINKS: Damsel Fly Website

Hot on the heels of the recently featured Hydrogyn comes another female fronted modern rock act, Vancouver's Damsel Fly, who recently signed to Jim Buckshon's Renegade Productions Label. Having only existed since 2004, Damsel Fly seem to have caught the eyes of many judging from what I've read, as this, their first full length album appears to be a hot commodity. Given the state of radio these days it's not surprising as this is easily the flavour of the day in the US market, the new wave of heavy alternative acts, with the now obligatory visual woman at the helm. That doesn't mean this is an instant letdown or clone of other bands doing the rounds, as the music is often aggressive and not as contrived as Hydrogyn often sounded to my ears.

The Songs
When someone recently described this to me as a heavier version of Avril Lavigne I balked, but despite being an accurate description, the heaviness is directed well enough to erase any negative connotations. Lisa's vocals are dead-on throughout, and the band mix their sound up remarkably well, with a veritable arsenal of riffs at their side, that earn them as much of a hard rock comparison as they do alternative. The track that caught my attention is 'Anyway' that introduces a glimpse of breakneck speed next to a chugging rhythm section that indicates the band are not strangers to variety in their approach to songwriting, with hints of metal included. 'Misfortune' is short on lyrics, containing only several lines, but the basis is more on the music, often fiery and not as uniform as I expected. 'Broken' could be an easy hit with the vague pop punk chorus, that although not my exact cup of tea is melodic enough to instantly recall. Opener 'I Stay' is one of two singles culled from the CD thus far, but perhaps too hard rock dominated even for radio's liking! Fans of AOR might not be enthralled with this overall but melody is present throughout, albeit in a different guise, a modern vision that sacrifices nothing in terms of hard rock integrity.

In Summary
It would be erroneous of me to say that I was anticipating this to be as accomplished as it is, as usually this form of rock leaves me stone faced and miserly, but here we have a viable candidate for the alt scene because the heaviness is believable and more traditional based than you might expect. It's hardly Motley Crue circa 1987 but upon discovery of the range of riffs on display you might be inclined to agree. In the market of the present-day, longevity is far from guaranteed but for Damsel Fly who knows? They could be one hit away from breaking into the upper leagues, and with Renegade's support I'm sure every attempt will be made to do just this. Well worth investigating, I hope to see more of this fledgling act in the future.

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