Rock band dusts off classics
for debut album
Dust For Life
Dust For Life
**1/2 out of five stars
By Shiley Carter
Daily Cougar Staff
If taking the defining characteristics
of similar famous rock bands to create another potentially reputable band
is what it takes to make it these days in the mainstream of radio and rock
'n' roll, then Dust For Life has definitely made it.
Their self-titled debut album was released
last October, followed immediately by a U.S. tour with such notable bands
as 3 Doors Down and Nickelback.
Composed of Chris Gavin (vocals, guitar),
Jason Hughes (guitar), Dave Rhea (bass), and Rick Shelton (drums, vocals),
Dust For Life has unquestionably risen to the top very quickly.
The Memphis-based band began playing in
1998 and immediately gained recognition and radio-play shortly after their
first self-produced demo.
A mere two-and-a-half years later, the
band's infectious grooves and dark lyrics can be heard all over the nation.
While many of the band's distinguishing
features can be recognized as a spin-off of older and more notable bands'
distinctive components, the combination Dust For Life uses to integrate
their parts into a whole, make for a very pleasing rock sound.
Chapman Baehler/Windup Records
Memphis-based rock quartet
Dust For Life brings its mainstream sound to Houston tonight. Their debut
album is now available in stores.
Chris Gavin often sounds a little too much
like Alice in Chains singer Lane Staley, but his creative lyrics are deep,
dark and full of meaning.
He also toys with his vocals on several
occasions throughout the CD by using effects that cast an eerie feeling
upon the listener.
The practice of using two guitars is often
overdone by bands, since most only use the double riffs to compliment one
Dust For Life, however, takes advantage
of having the two guitars by producing a unique sound with one guitar while
blaring out a catchy riff with the other. The sounds seem to contrast and
compliment each other simultaneously.
Their radio-played song, "Step into the
Light," is rather notable in its ability to cross over from heavy to harmonious
Though its popularity could have something
to do with the chorus, which sounds very similar to Ozzy Osborne's "Mama,
I'm Coming Home."
Overall, Dust For Life is a strikingly
good new band in the scene of rock. Their uniqueness is shines through
the symbolism in the lyrics and the creative sound and style.
They probably should not borrow so many
recognizable characteristics of other bands -- but on the other hand, that
could be what got them where they are.
Dust for Life will be playing at The Engine
Room on Valentine's Day.
For more information, check out their website