Deadbeat Beat

Deadbeat Beat – How Far (album review)

by Woody on August 24, 2019

Photo by Lauren Montgomery

Deadbeat Beat is the Detroit trio of drummer/vocalist Maria Nuccilli,guitarist/vocalist Alex Glendening and bassist Zak Frieling. Nuccilli and Glendening were pals in high school, bonding over a shared love of music. It was Glendening’s inclusion in fellow Detroiter Stef Chura’s band that initially had me clicking through to hear the first track.

And I was sure glad I did. Glendening is the songwriter in the band and he has crafted ten songs of indie pop in the spirit of Flying Nun. The albums starts off with Baphomet, a track bouyed by a jangly riff. That is immediately followed by You Lift Me Up, where Glendening adds a little crunch to his guitar. It reminds me of an early Shins tune and is one of the highlights of the album. The penultimate tune, Tree, Grass & Stone is a pleasant surprise. Clocking in at over 8 minutes, the trio really show off their chops as they break the indie pop tune into some version of psych-pop freakout.

All told, a damm fine album played by a trio of top-notch players.

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