Independent Release/Remedy Music
Having cut their teeth playing covers with The Good Time Party Band, Collingwood (Victoria, Australia) based guitarist Jason Leigh and drummer Aaron Malmborg decided it was time to take things to the next level and start performing originals. After the demise of their former outfit, it wasn’t long before the pair officially announced the formation of Dotcoms. Despite some initial issues finding a suitable bass player, the pair finally managed to secure a capable bassist in the form of Jim Young, and have spent the last three years playing in and around Melbourne’s familiar live venues with regularity – and earning a reputation for their energetic live performances in the local street press. Having established themselves on the scene, the trio ventured into the studio with mixer Matt Voigt (Living End, Cat Power, The Killers) and Matt Neighbor, and have finally emerged with their self-titled debut E.P.
Anyone who’s seen Dotcoms perform live will already know that the trio are quite a lively act. And sure enough, the band’s debut offering reflects their live performances.
The opening track ‘Janie Got Super Cute’ (Which is also the first single lifted from the E.P.) is a funky little tune that showcases the band’s pseudo hip-hop influence mixed with heavy rock. Although the song isn’t the strongest effort on the E.P. (Leigh’s vocals do take a little getting used to, and the song itself is a bit simplistic), it’s a fun tune nonetheless.
The follow-up track ‘Big Man’ is where the band’s song writing and musicianship really gel, with the driving riffs and rhythmic combination of drum and bass injects a thriving pulse to Leigh’s powerful performance out front. ‘Big Man’ is a heavy/groove based track with a great chorus, and definitely one of the E.P.’s better offerings.
The humorous ‘Smack Ballad’ may slow down the pace and energy a little compared to the former tracks, but still manages to impress with the band’s ability to write a catchy tune and broaden the sound with the use horns, while the closer ‘Susie Likes To Party’ is a funky rock work out that again shows another side to the band’s wide ranging sound.
Dotcoms’ debut effort is a little all over the place style wise, and of the four tracks, two definitely stand out as stronger. But as a whole, the E.P. is a cool listen and an ideal taste of what you can expect from the band when they get up onstage and deliver what they do best – a rocking/energetic show.
For more information on Dotcoms, check out – http://www.wearethedotcoms.com/
© Justin Donnelly