Dryspell from Orange County is staying true to their roots. The 4 piece consisting of Nathan Krause(vocals/guitar), Michael Morris (guitar), Tom Walsh (drums) and Kelly Nelms (bass/vocals) play dark wave/gothic/post-punk music as if the late 70’s and 80’s never ended. Today their sound is not one of the popular genres you hear in every live venue but with their approach and dedication to their craft these lads are destined to make everyone remember what an amazing time that was.
Their 5 song EP was recorded at Love and Laughter Studios in Anaheim by Orlando Torres. The opening song “Blinded” will remind some of Bauhaus because the delivery of Nathan Krause is similar to Peter Murphy but the song has more Blancmange and early Echo and the Bunnymen. At just over 6 minutes the song could end up a gothic club staple one day. “Dark Girls Dance” has more grit to it but keeps that usual gothic bass line that keep you entranced in the song. Although it’s not as dark as some of the other songs it fits well on this disc. “El Disco Posesso” starts off very Joy Division which is a good thing. The song would probably the best song out of the 5 on this disc if not for the next track. “Spoils” has some very cool Johnny Marr/Daniel Ash guitar work and the vocals are deep and dark. This song is so well put together and should be the staple for Dryspell. “Sweet and Suddenly” closes out the 5 song EP wonderfully. You can definitely hear Pere Ubu, Wire and of Joy Division influences in all 5 songs. One thing is certain if you’re a fan of the post-punk/dark wave/gothic sound then you will enjoy Dryspell.
According to the bands page on facebook they just played a show with Northern Labour Party and should be playing around the Los Angeles/Orange County areas very soon.