Dex Romweber was the singer of Flat Duo Jets for a lot of years. That band is no longer together, but Dex Romweber continues to make interesting music. Images 13 is the fourth album from Dex Romweber Duo, and it's a pretty unusual album (and I don't mean that with any negative connotation).
"Sad about Us" starts with a guitar riff that reminds me of Tom Petty's "Feel a Whole Lot Better." The overall feel is pretty interesting. Partly, it reminds me of British Invasion stuff like Dave Clark Five, while on the other hand it brings to mind John Doe and Exene.
The band shows some pretty good range. "Sad about Us" is followed by "Prelude in G Minor," an instrumental song that is equal parts surf and garage rock. That is followed by "Blackout!" This is a song that begs to be played in the opening credits of a black-and-white spy movie. Then there is "Don't Want to Listen," in which Romweber sort of croons through most of the song. At some point in the song, he sounds like he's channeling David Bowie.
I'd say my favorite song on the album is "Blue Surf." Sara Romweber drives this song along with a rhythm that will get you tapping your feet while Dex picks an amazing surf melody. This song would be a great accompaniment to a montage of guys wiping out on surfboards.
Images 13 can appeal to a lot of different music fans. I can easily see this in the collection of surf fans as well as fans of garage rock. Whether or not you're already a fan of the band, this album won't disappoint if you like something different than what you normally hear on the radio.
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