With their first full length in almost 15 years, Dallas-based Indie rock/pop band The Deathray Davies has just reminded the collective world of how much they were missed.
Time Well Wasted is 13 tracks of well-crafted garage and power songs, a remarkably satisfying record and quite possibly their best effort yet. Though the band never actually broke up, members have been busy working with other musicians for the past decade-plus.
“I quickly wrote 13 songs in a row, realizing right away that they were DRD songs,” said front man and band constant John Dufilho. “I sent demos to the band, asking if they wanted to jump back in. Right away, everyone wrote back “HELL YES!” A 15-year nap…suddenly we’re awake.”
The opening track, “Tapping On the X-Ray,” with the quirky the synth intro, followed by tight guitars and a catchy-as-fuck chorus perfectly distills what follows – fuzzed out pop with wickedly addictive vocals. And that’s hardly the only stand out track here.
Even at more than a dozen songs, there is not a single one here that feels redundant or excessive. In fact, Time Well Wasted, feels both cohesive as an album and essential. Forget whatever mediocre band Coachella organizers are tossing at this year to reunite for a single set; The Deathray Davies have already put out the reunion we all needed for 2021.