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DIAL F FOR FRANKESTEIN
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"Dial F tore up the stage at Truck Festival ... a blistering set that had the crowd on its feet moshing and clamouring for more. It was one of those 'were you there moments. People asked who they were and could they see them again soon."
“...a band whose performance on the BBC Introducing stage at Truck was a game changing moment, it was a happening, and I’m really glad I was there.”
“Following on from a pretty mad set on the BBC Oxford Introducing stage at Truck Festival, they don’t waste any time. Launching straight into some heavy riffs, they immediately ignite a mosh pit which lasts until the end of the set. It’s a relentless display of energy from the four-piece, packed with future anthems in waiting, many of which have already achieved sing-along status with this local crowd... In Gus Rogers they have a truly brilliant front man, who leads slightly awkwardly yet assuredly from the front, and they’re backed up by a seriously tight rhythm section
Their set builds towards hit single ‘USA’, which tonight is absolutely huge, and their encore is even more impressive than it was when I saw them at Truck. If I could offer any criticism of their performance, if would be that it’s all a bit full on. But then, maybe that’s the point ... the 100-plus strong crowd at The Cellar on Saturday wouldn’t have had it any other way.
“Having gathered a loyal following through playing the local music scene for over two years, ‘USA’ is a long overdue debut single for as yet unsigned Dial F for Frankenstein. Full of youthful exuberance, it charges at you from the start, releasing its energy through a sing-a-long chorus. A live favourite already because of its catchy, runaway guitar riffs, ‘USA’ is a worthy addition to Dial F for Frankenstein’s grungy song base”
“USA’ springs from Dial F’s punky past (strictly post-hardcore, apparently), but it’s also the product of a greater pop sensibility, with big, gripping melodies increasingly seen as more important than finger-flying bass lines or furious sonic assault. The trend is continued with this focussed, workmanlike track, which draws on multifarious million-selling American acts; the likes of Foo Fighters, Green Day and the Strokes can be heard in the mix. It’s good, growly, ballsy fun, if not overly original, but if they can produce a couple more hook-laden singles of this sort, then they should probably be practicing their signatures soon.”
“‘USA’ wastes no time in introducing its listeners to just what Dial F for Frankenstein are all about, energy, melody and fundamentally well-written songs. Riffs flow through ‘USA’ seamlessly and not a moment of the track is wasted as they recover motifs throughout whilst never letting the song’s momentum wane; it is not that Dial F’s song writing ethos has changed, only their approach to it.
Their singer’s voice has never sounded so well-placed as it leaps from creeping melodies to unrestrained yells, constantly maintaining their melodic edge. ‘USA’ sees Dial F remain crunchy and muscular in sound and also happens to be of those blessed songs where the pre-chorus feels like a chorus itself...‘USA’ is the sign of a young band maturing, using pop and classic song writing conventions to further their sound without sacrificing what made Dial F an interesting band in the first place.”
“there’s no escaping the fact that whoever writes the songs is very, very clever. Pretty much all tight composition boxes are ticked: driving guitars with a nod to The Libertines and Supergrass, Animal- inspired drumming and smart, memorable lyrics. “Moments make me realise killing time is killing me” should strike a chord with any artist, musician or freelancer of any kind. Takes a listen or two to get the full impact of the lyric but the foot-tapping starts with the first anthemic chorus, and I was singing along after the second verse.
Keep an eye on these guys; you’ll be complaining about how their sound has altered now they’re all successful and stuff pretty soon if songs of this calibre are anything to go on. Catch them while they’re still hungry”
“After their riotous Friday night set at Truck, no one can be in any doubt that Dial F For Frankenstein are something a bit special. There, as here on this new single, they deliver a slacker grunge grin with a sweet pop punch, Sonic Youth’s ‘Sugar Cane’ coated in Get Up Kids’ cinder toffee urgency, Gus Rogers’ cracked Cobain-cum-Mascis drawl summoning the energy to keep up with the hook-heavy bluster going on around it, while the chorus sounds like it’s just tied his shoelaces together and pressed the fire alarm just to watch him leap into life. Smashing stuff, in every sense.”
“We’re a sucker for good band names here at Tasty and they don’t get much better than this. Dial F... also deal out a healthy dose of grungey fuzz that kindles the likes of Wonderswan as comparisons. There’s some lovely little bits in the chorus when it seems like the band are dropping their instruments every so often and consequently fit in a nice half beat. Clever stuff. 7/10”
“Dial F For Frankenstein are a shaggy-haired band from Oxford who began making waves after their track, 'Wes Vega', appeared in that so-cool-it-hurts TV drama, Skins – also known as a musician's one-way ticket to scenester dancefloors across the country. Unsurprisingly, then, the band's new single 'USA' rates pretty damn high on the winklepicker wagging scale… The mind-boggling lyricism of the chorus … may risk sounding amateur, but it is somewhat saved by the musical drop-out, which is speedily fed-back to the listener like lightning seconds later. Add to that dry, sinister sounding vocals, thumping tom-toms and lads generally whamming at their guitars like their life depended on it – and we have ourselves an enjoyable little track here.”
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