Sunday, January 31, 2010
Album Review: Discpiles of Sound
Band: The Disciples of Sound
When the band Indigenous split up, Mato Nanji (guitar, vocals) kept the name and continues to tour under that moniker. While it took awhile longer, younger brother, Pte (paa-tay) or ‘Little Buffalo Man’ followed his muse and formed a much heavier sounding band, ‘Disciples of Sound’ (DOS). The band consists of Pte (listed as Buffalo on the liner notes), Ed Miles and Nate Boff. A three track EP of the Austin based band recently surfaced along with a developing presence on the social networking site, Facebook.
According to the legendary British deejay Ally Lee, “If you like Storyville you will adore this band.”
The early permutations of DOS image and sound can be heard and seen on the Indigenous ep ‘Long Way Home.’ This seven song EP was produced by family friend Jesse Davey (The Hoax, Davey Brothers). While the DOS ‘sound’ is removed from blues, it is blues based and akin to a chain-saw plodding Chris Duarte presence. The ep opens with an electric version of ‘Devils in My Head’ which features Pte and Mato’s sister Wanbdi on drums along with Jesse Davey on organ and guitars. The disc also features the tracks ‘All Red’ and an acoustic version of ‘Devils in My Head.’
This is a band that the majority of “blues” fans may warm to slowly. Employing a heavy bottom sound with howling vocals and that noted atonal Austin “thud,” the band is a clear departure from Pte’s previous national band. Receiving continual airplay on the British ‘Lionheart Radio,’ DOS clearly resonates with an industrial leaning audience that moves easily from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Metallica and, perhaps, it is the sonic flexibility that will prove to be DOS’ calling card to building a larger audience.