Isaac Kent - Guitar
John Scotto - Vocals
Jaad Stewart - Drums
Cyrus Robertson-Orkish - Bass
Devon Roberts - Keyboard
Dali Van Gogh are a guitar driven hard rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia. With a sound that has been described as "rugged and rugged and vibrant, reminiscent of early years AC/DC and Led Zeppelin" (Stewart Rankin). The band has received worldwide radio play, and have officially released 4 records: Verbal Warning (2010), Mask Identity (2012), Wild Blue City (2012), and most recently From Ashes (2017)
Dali Van Gogh creates music that gives you the energy fix you need to either get through the day or even begin it. Each song has its own story but together creates an auditory illustrative novel for the senses.
God Help Me I Like It is a perfect song for provocation and how someone feels when they are being seduced. It becomes intoxicating and you can’t help but feel like you are being seduced as well by the music. The guitar is playing cat and mouse with your senses while the vocals capture you within the game.
God Help Me I Like It - Dali Van Gogh
One of the songs my soul was most drawn to was Sunshine, because it was musical sunshine. It has a bit of a metal edge with the cadence to headbang but still has that gritty hard rock vibe. I can picture this song being a huge hit during the summertime and in an outdoor venue, since it has a pretty mellow vibe too. It really does have you all over the place emotionally and mentally but sometimes within that confusion comes beauty. You are getting lost in the moment and just feeling the rhythm and melody. Not every song has to be profound, sometimes its nice to have music that just makes you feel good. And who doesn’t feel good when they are surrounded by sunshine?
Stand Up, Wake Up is their call to arms song. The song that makes you rethink how things are going in the world and makes you see society in a new perspective, then most importantly makes you want to take action and change it. You are lacing up your boots and taking to the streets to make sure your voice is heard and won’t stop until the powers that be listen to you. Or it could be your own personal battle, to make peace with something that has been chasing you for your lifetime and restraining you from being the person you were meant to be. That sometimes you have to stand up for yourself, against yourself. Who hasn’t experienced those moments where we are our own worst critic and we get in the way of our own dreams because we listen to doubt or we listen to what others say about us. Just listen to this song and wake up, take a stand for yourself, even if the enemy is your own mind. You have the power within yourself to change anything you don’t agree with. This song could very well provide you the motivation you need to do so.
And for all of your ballad lovers out there, don’t worry, even you have your beautiful moment on the album, with Torn to Pieces. Where the focus is solely on the vocals and lyrics. If your heart is breaking, you can find solace in this song. Just close your eyes and know you are safe in your sadness because within that song, you are understood and someone is feeling that same way too. Sometimes all it takes to mend a broken heart is knowing someone else has had one too, then you never have to wonder if it was only you. Then the guitar solo sweeps in and changes the energy of the song where you no longer want to lie in bed and cry your eyes out, its still a ballad but now you have found some strength that you will eventually be whole once again.
Overall, a very solid album that has many layers of emotions and thoughts. No matter what you are experiencing or feeling in the moments while you listen to this album, you will come out with a sense of being complete and free. Music really is a powerful tool and Dali Van Gogh has shown they know just how to use it and create something for the world to heal to.
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