Since the breakup of The White Stripes, a month or so ago, there has been a noticeable Jack and Meg shaped gap in my life; a gap that no amount of religiously listening to their back catalogue will fill. But never fear! I’ve found a new, unreleased White Stripes song, ‘Test Of Faith’, by my guess, written at some point between White Blood Cells and Elephant, cleverly masquerading under the guise of Bristol four piece Dynamo Hum – I know your game Jack White! I can see right through your…oh, apparently it’s not actually a White Stripes song!
Dynamo Hum (named after a Frank Zappa song, if you were wondering) are a Bristol based four piece, with a huge sound. The aforementioned ‘Test Of Faith’, opener on their debut EP, is a mixture of slide guitar, southern drawl and well crafted blues riffs, that really does sound like it’s by The White Stripes!
The vocals on ‘You Wanted It All’ are, at times, so massive that the song would fit comfortably on a compilation of power ballads. You know, the kind that are advertised with some dopey woman singing into a hoover while her husband punches the air in fervour, and their kids look on mild embarrassment. Coupled with a Wolfmother-esque intro, and plenty of trademark heavy, distorted riffs, ‘You Wanted It All’ is more of an indication that Dynamo Hum are not just a one trick (white striped) pony, but most definitely have their own distinctive sound. Front man Matt Carter has a ridiculously good voice, powerful, emphatic, that can, at some points on the EP, be mistaken quite easily for a woman’s. Listening to the guitar work, it doesn’t surprise me one bit that the members of Dynamo Hum used to make up a Led Zeppelin tribute band.
EP closer, and discernibly the weakest song – although this says more about the strengths of the previous two than the shortcomings of this one – ‘Use Your Body’, is a vast distorted blues rock track, this time with more of a Band Of Skulls feel. If I had to criticise, the lyrics are somewhat clichéd, although the overall tone of the EP is less focused on what they’re saying, but rather, how they’re saying it.
The more I listen to this EP, the more I want to see them live, as judging by the energy they put into the studio versions, these songs will transcribe effortlessly to the stage. Someone sort these guys out an Oxford date please!