Unsigned / Self-released
Words: Craig Hartranft
Female-fronted bands are all the rage these days. It really doesn't matter the genre anymore. Tossing their collective hats into the packed to the ropes ring is Sheffield's Dark Sky Park, fronted by Debbie Bilson, a buxom intensive care nurse. They release their first EP, Follow Me in January 2016.
The two most obvious questions you have are, what's their sound and what does Ms Bilson sound like. To the former, the roots of the DSP sound is straight up hard rock, more on the heavy side, touched with some blues, even some stoner tones. They work hard at combining melody and harmony, mostly in vocal arrangements and guitar riffs, yet power their tunes with solid, toe-tapping groove.The title cut and Stand My Ground are stand out tracks for this vibe. Contrary to much modern rock, you will find some hefty guitar solos here, a terrific one in that latter number. But also, the guitar line leads another song, Marty Feldman's eyes, with another ripping solo in the end,
As for Ms Bilson, my first, maybe even second, impression was this: Deborah Harry, you know, the chick from Seventies new wave group, Blondie. I got this feeling from Follow Me. Then there's this certain timbre in her voice, here and there, that reminds me of the pitch of a young girl, like tenish or so. Yet, listening to Lonely Girl, a song with a subtle blues feeling, Bilson can sound sultry, soulful, like a modern torch singer. Bottom line: Dark Sky Park's Follow Me is a solid and entertaining entry in the female-fronted melodic hard/heavy rock theater. You should check them out.
Dark Sky Park's Follow Me is a solid and entertaining entry in the female-fronted melodic hard/heavy rock theater. You should check them out.
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