DanseWolf – ‘Smoke N Mirrors’ EP Review
By C.W. Ross
‘Smoke N Mirrors’ is the six song debut EP from rock/electro/pop band DanseWolf. When I first received the band’s CD and read the enclosed press material that came along with it I thought that I was going to be hearing a very electronic heavy sound from the band but to my surprise instead I got an edgy pop/rock sound that tickled my ears with delight. While the band’s music does have its share of keys/snyth parts found in the songs for the most part they play more of a supporting role.
Taking that musical spotlight are the lead vocals from attractive band front woman Juls D (Juliette DiGiuseppe). Don’t let her model looks fool you though once the vocals start to flow from her mouth she opens up her heart and a real rawness comes out as she sings about past personal relationships that have gone bad. Juls D’s mix of sultry smooth and rock growl vocal tones reminded me of Gwen Stefani meets Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde. Not a bad combination in my book.
Highlight tracks include, “In L.A.,” that kicks off with a killer drum and bass line before the lead guitar jumps in joined quickly by the vocals. The EPs title track, “Smoke N Mirrors,” is a nice edgy pop/rock tune. “Love Hate Heartbreak,” is a rocking track filled with raw emotion. “Like a Ghost,” channels up the ghost of Roy Orbison with its Orbison piano style of playing that’s found on it.
Review Takeaway: With the music that’s found on their debut EP ‘Smoke N Mirrors’ the band DanseWolf proves that they deserve a place both in the very crowded LA music scene and points beyond.