New music from Damona Waits and Free Clinic
By Brian Tucker
Available online now is new music – a full length album and a collection of B-sides to fill one. Both are from two local bands – Damona Waits and Free Clinic.
Local hard rock band Damona Waits’ new album Eschatology is now available at iTunes and Amazon and a mass of other places like Spotify, Google Play, Xbox Music, Rhapsody and more.
From the sound of things the band is maintaining its hard rock sound while exploring, whether within the soundscape of crushing guitar and drums to Denis Desloge’s vocals. There’s a really cool instrumental/interlude called “Epoch” that centers the album. The band expects physical copies of the album any day now.
Eschatology will be the band’s third album and was mixed by Paul Ebersold (3 Doors Down, Spacehog).
Released over the 4th of July holiday, Free Clinic’s B-sides collection is neither a teaser for their upcoming album due by summer’s end or hastily discarded tracks. These demos find the band playing around with sound and mood, creating a fun, sometimes murky atmosphere (like the great, even Lynchian, “Off to Bed”) as garage pop rock.
The songs are endlessly engaging, whether as catchy unpolished numbers or rusty lullabies soaked in melody and jangly guitar. The music is often dreamy and cascading, with Ben Rose’s vocals adrift in haziness and are occasionally sensual, like on “Sober.” “Blue Brain” digs deep, gets caustic and somber, while album closer “Never Feel” sonically returns the light.