Friday, December 3, 2010

03 Dec 10 - CD Review

Hey, blogspot readers, give the gift of music as a holiday stocking stuffer! SouthSide highly recommends snagging the following CD when it's released on Dec 9th.

It's a rockin' hoedown happening between SouthSide's ears while she previewed May You Never by local indie group, Dastardly. This 7-track album had a lively, energetic sound off the eclectic groove of the band's Americana/Folk/Alternative music. Dastardly popped the senses with a smorgasbord of sound from an array of orchestral instruments (ie banjo, cello, accordion, etc) in which had her toes tappin' to the rhythmic beat. SouthSide recently reviewed their vibrant opening set which rocked out the Metro stage. And this reviewer was literally floored that the same energy and sound translated very well off the stage onto Dastardly's debut CD.

Recorded at Gallery of Carpet Studios by Brian Zieske (who also worked with local rockers Bailiff and Pet Lions) and mixed by Paul Klimson (who also did The Roots and John Legend), May You Never delighted not only SouthSide but her test audience (Vyolet, 17 and Sunday, 8). They enjoyed The Beatles-esque sounds of the instrumental heard at the end of the opening track, Villian that was soon followed by the lively Exercise in Self Loathing (track 2). Besides the burst of vibrant Dastardly music, this reviewer liked the simplistic as well as heartfelt emotional sentiment within the lyrics. The words (especially in track 6 - Morning Blue) were deep and somewhat personal in which the harmonizing vocals captured very well even while singing acapella.

SouthSide strongly suggests checking out Dastardly live in person when they take over Schuba's Dec 9th for their May You Never CD release show. Brought to you by, the lineup will also feature good friends Chaperone and Glittermouse with Jared Bartman.

Visit for more information about the band.

Visit 12-09-2010 Dastardly Record Release @Schubas for ticket info.

Until next time, support your local scene,


  1. Gallery of Carpet really does make some sweet sounding records. If you haven't already, check out King Sparrow's debut album they released a little over a month ago. It sounds amazing, all done at Gallery of Carpet as well. Dastardly sounds great!


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