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Ded Ringer — Ded Ahead
((Not on label) no#, 2006, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2007-03-01

Ded Ahead Cover artLife in the past lane. Call it retro, but rock music like this just isn't made anymore. On their fifth full-length disc this Bay Area trio dishes it up with enough credibility and authenticity to make you believe you're really there again. I'm talking classic rock, of course, from that wonderful slice of time between the late 70s and around 1982, that which emanated from your car radio as you whiled away your misspent youth and searched the world for a greater truth. This is one to crank up as loud as it'll go, one that'll make your foot connect with the accelerator, and one that'll make your body move, but we ain't talking "dance" or "new wave" music here, folks. Consider this: They would be right at home on a bill opening for Bad Company, Foreigner, Foghat, Utopia, or ZZ in the pre-video age. Chief instigator and ringleader is guitarist, lead vocalist and main songwriter Bob Maddoux, the grand architect of all this retro-madness who capably incorporates a synthesis of all the better days of album rock radio into his adroit compositions, replete with a command of the melody, rhythms and hooks that made that music so enduring. And did I mention some great guitar playing? The potent rhythm section of Steve Lafond and Julio Garcia, playing drums and bass respectively, constructs the framework for it all, with both providing supporting lead and harmony vocals. All said, Ded Ringer is a mirror of classic rock's finest hour.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

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