Review by Regi Su and Photography by Kate Wehl
Original Melbourne band, Dice, recently played at the Gunn Music Productions Espy Artist Showdown in late November 2014 at The Espy where they satisfied the audience with a solid wave of rock. Having a pretty good track record doing gigs in Victoria, the band is breaking into the big league, and is definitely showing potential to do so.
Their album ‘Bright Lights’ shows a lot of versatility, a wide range of skills and talents, despite only have three members in the band. Lead singer, Daniel Butcher, is very strong, both lyrically and vocally and shows a lot of control. Meanwhile, Mike Dean on drums places the band firmly in the rock genre, especially with tracks like ‘Blood Shot Eyes’. Yet, tracks like ‘Spin Me Around’ keeps a calm restraint, which can be really powerful in itself.
I feel like this band is capable of electric crescendos, and they do, but they use them cleverly, which adds dynamicism to their music. A perfect example of this is ‘Bright Lights’. This track is a really solid example of a clean composition that showcases all members of the band and the strengths they bring to the group. In contrast, ‘It’s All About You’ is a really catchy tune, full of energy and confidence.
Dice boasts an excellent stability in its grit and earth, and if anything, its reliability to fit into a well-established genre. They’ve got a pretty grounded identity and their sound is easily recognisable and very satisfying. Excited to see where they go from here.