Local CD Review: Westside Daredevils

Brave New Nothing

The Westside Daredevils have never lacked energy—the power-pop quintet’s first two albums shimmered with hooks and infectious harmonies. But working with Superdrag drummer Don Coffey Jr. at Independent Recorders has given the band’s most recent album, Brave New Nothing, a noticeable shot in the arm. The recording has both the hardest rock the Daredevils have put to disc (the noisy “Alter Ego” and the propulsive “Witch Piss”) and the best production they’ve ever had. The guitars really ring and the backing vocals truly soar. The Daredevils take full advantage of the increased dynamic range, injecting twanging guitar solos and reverb-drenched interludes among the three-part harmonies for a charming and complete guitar-pop outing.

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