Fresh and lo­cal

The Georgia Straight - - Music -


Johnny Mu­si­cal gen­res and sub­gen­res and mi­cro­gen­res come and go, but it seems there will al­ways be a place for dudes play­ing gui­tar-based in­die rock. And when we say “a place”, we’re re­fer­ring to our own hearts. If you’re any­thing like us,

Van­cou­ver trio DEALS will hit that sweet spot with their lat­est five-song EP. The sur­fand-turf twang of “Bathrobe” and the garage-rawkin’ churn of “Ravens” high­light the work of three guys—namely drum­mer Brent Glas­gow-brown, gui­tarist Dave Warne, and bassist Jaroslav Welz (all three are cred­ited with vo­cals)—who sound as if they spend a lot of time hon­ing their chops in a sweaty re­hearsal space. It may not be reg­gae­ton-in­spired trap­step, but we dig it.

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