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Dragon and Berr release new album 'Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises'
By: Indie Music News Worldwide
Dragon and Berr have cited as main artistic influences Hall & Oates, Styx, Fall Out Boy, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Aerosmith, The CoatHangers, The Ron Keel Band, The Beatles, Halestorm, The Soapgirls, The Monkees, Foo Fighters, and local friends Casket Robbery. While it may seem unlikely, Dragon and Berr's own sound takes elements from each of these for a result which defies comparisons and categories.
Dragon and Berr are quick to describe themselves as "hobbyist musicians," yet their songwriting and creative methodologies brand them as true sonic craftspersons just as quickly. They're eager to throw traditional structures away, often blazing trails in startling directions. Songs turn on a dime both internally and away from one another. This track bears obvious jazz influences. That one sounds like Roy Orbison's grandchild.
"We break a lot of so-called rules of what is and isn't music," writes Dragon. "It all seems to work out in the end. Music is such fun and is so many things to so many people. What can we say? We are diverse in influences. We're those folks from left field no one pays much mind. We write for ourselves, first. The fact that more and more people are also enjoying the music and it's speaking to them in so many ways is a wonderful bonus to this adventure we are on."
R&B, pop, country, blues … pretty much anything playable with guitar and drums is elementally represented. The effect recalls the avant-garde punk artists of the late 70s. Had Dragon and Berr been part of that scene, they'd likely be remembered today for "Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises." Come for the rock, poetry and fearless songwriting, stay for the countless colorful surprises from out of nowhere.
Dragon and Berr are Edwin and Donna Millheim respectively, married 1987. Asked to describe the overall meaning of "Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises," Dragon writes, "While it covers themes that are challenges in people's lives, throughout the lyrics and the way it's all presented, there is a sprinkling of hope and knowing the next day can bring anything. Everything that is presented is all based on things I've went through over the past year. Just like the first album had a lot of darkness in it and depression, this 2nd album sees me being dragged back from darkness by family and friends – most of all my wife … Sometimes those challenges make you feel like you can just say forget it, but there's always that hope that makes you feel like, OK, things will be OK. If there is even that bit of hope, you have to keep going because it may not be as dark as you think."
"Pocket Full of Switchblades and Promises" by Dragon and Berr on the Loose Bolt Records label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, rock music fans.
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