They are – The Dawn Parade
Who are – Rock/Pop
It is – Electric Fence Your Gentleness EP
I have to admit that the first time I saw The Dawn Parade i wasn't impressed. I'd heard so much hype about them and once I had finally got around to seeing them I wondered what all the fuss was about. But then after i had seen them for a second time, I was definitely coming around to the whole Dawn Parade thing, and once we had been sent their CD i was completely hooked. I can only think the alcohol must had affected my hearing the first time around, cos I simply do not know how I could not have liked them.
The Guardian has described them as "anthemic Rock'n'Roll". I wasn't entirely sure what that meant cos the Guardian is a bit grown up for me, (I’m more of a Daily Star kinda gal), but after consulting my Collins English Dictionary, I firmly agree. Rolling Stone magazine have said they are "very excellent" and even the God of radio Steve Lamacq has been suitably impressed by them, as has John Peel, who uttered his famous words "very nice" after playing 'The Hole In My Heart'. I do however think that "very nice" is quite an understatement. I think the best, and most accurate description of them comes from their hometown buddy Seymour Glass from Miss Black America, who described them as "The Smiths and Guns 'n' Roses flicking lit matches at an absinthe-drenched Iggy Pop".
The Dawn Parade may have been compared to The Smiths, The Jam, The Fall and early Manics but the 'Electric Fence Your Gentleness EP' is in a class of it's own and shows many different sides to the band. From the energetic, catchy, pop sound of 'The Hole In My Heart'; a song you'll be singing along to as soon as it starts, and undoubtedly for 3 days after you've heard it, to 'Hailstone Lullabies'; a passionately sang number with killer vocals, to 'Between Slough And Salvation', a very chilled, acoustic song which shows a much more grown-up side to the band. Overall, three songs which show a great deal of talent and diversity.
The Dawn Parade are an energetic, cool, sexy band who expertly combine meaningful lyrics with brilliantly written songs, sang and played with real passion. If there is any justice in the world, you can expect to see them signed to a major record label and gracing the pages of NME any day now, and rightly so.
Rocking or Shocking?
Rocking. 5/5. If you thought The Vines were good, you aint seen nothing yet!