Release Date: May 24, 2011
Record label: Lucky Number
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
As we continue to plod through our prolonged worldwide economic crises, it seems only natural that, as well as cutting out all the inessential expenses in our lives, we’ll find solace in music in one way or another. Yet just like out-dated department stores, car showrooms, and village pubs, recording studios around the world are feeling the pinch of reduced spending and closing their doors for the last time. On the flipside, the advent of GarageBand has meant artists—particularly those more solo-based—can record cheapily and easily at home.
For the sake of a good soundbite, we’ll call it Reverse Darwinism, akin to dredging the lake and finding a three-titted, five-eyed mutant piscine flapping around at the bottom of it. It makes no sense. It simply shouldn’t be. And boy, is it weird lookin’. All the same, there it is: survival ….
The amateur psychiatrist in me thinks that Darwin Deez might have a bit of a complex. His bio paints a picture of a man doing everything he can to be seen as ‘a bit different.’ Apparently the guy plays a four-string guitar set to his own ‘secret’ tuning and has a penchant for bursting into choreographed dance routines during live shows. Even more telling is that in all photos he can invariably be seen sporting a large jewfro, pencil-thin moustache and some form of sweatband.
There's a wonderful little EP lurking inside the debut album from DIY pop wannabe Darwin Deez. Take Constellations, Radar Detector, DNA and Bad Day, and you'd have a delightful 10-minute primer that would whet your appetite and leave you wondering what else the New York-based Deez might be capable of. Unfortunately, you get the answer over the course of the album: not a whole lot.
Deez tackles traditional geek concerns but with a darkly comic bent. Mark Beaumont 2010 Half an hour, half the package. Merely listening to Darwin Deez’s eponymous debut robs you of the bizarre and hilarious spectacle of his live show, which features this lanky vision of a hippie Sideshow Bob performing synchronised dance routines with his backing band between numbers, like a hipster-pop Diversity.