Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
Denver, Colorado’s Dreadnought evidently must take their hometown’s motto of “The Mile High City” to heart in their music. The progressive nature of it is miles high, or beyond, what many other supposed progressive acts are doing these days. Yet, clearly, there is a juxtaposition of directions transpiring here on their new offering, ‘A Wake In Sacred Waves‘, which was released on Oct. 6th.
For every high there is a low, for every avenue in one direction, there is a turn onto the opposite heading. For every ferocious metallic moment, there is an equally savage atmospheric one. Truth is, these four rather lengthy numbers are alive with the dichotomy of duality. They soar and then slither, they transcend then intertwine with an ever-flowing fluidity in their presentation.
The quartet delivering these incessantly shifting aural moods are Kelly Schilling (Guitar, Flute, Clean/Harsh Vocals), Jordan Clancy (Drums, Alto/Tenor Saxophone), Kevin Handlon (Bass, Mandolin), and Lauren Vieira (Keys, Clean Vocals). What they have created here is nothing short of astoundingly impressive and completely enthralling. Elaborate texturing ripples throughout the recording, much of it achieved due to a variety of different instruments as you can see.
Another obvious component of the multifaceted nature of these songs is the vocal differentials applied to them. They are borne of Schilling’s own asymmetrical deliveries, ones that are sweetly clean one minute then piercingly harsh the next, to Vieira’s own angelic utterances. Like the music bolstering them, they are the superbly suited sounds that connect with that music in a way that is craftily alluring.
Experience them and much, much more by streaming this powerful opus now via the embed below. It is guaranteed to take you on an exploratory journey that most will never experience without hearing this recording.
You will find a link for Dreadnought‘s ‘A Wake In Sacred Waves’ on CD and digital orders available on Bandcamp here, along with the remaining dates (resuming tonight) of their western U.S. tour with InAeona.
Dreadnought & InAeona Tour Dates:
Oct. 26 Eugene, OR – Old Nick’s Pub
Oct. 27 Chico, CA – Lost on Main
Oct. 28 Sacramento, CA – The Blue Lamp
Oct. 29 Oakland, CA – Golden Bull
Oct. 31 San Diego, CA – The Merrow
Nov. 01 Las Vegas, NV – The Garth
Nov. 02 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
Nov. 03 Cheyenne, WY – TBA
Nov. 04 Denver, CO – Hi Dive
Nov. 05 Colorado Springs, CO – Triple Nickel