Diesel Park West :: Not Quite The American Dream

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Diesel Park West uit het Engelse Leicester viert een jubileum; Not Quite The American Dream is in hun 33-jarig bestaan hun tiende album. En wat voor een! De groep, die in Amerika altijd al wat populairder was dan in hun thuisland, heeft een absoluut meesterwerk afgeleverd. Nog steeds klinkt de liefde voor de Amerikaanse westkust-muziek uit de jaren zestig van Buffalo Springfield, Moby Grape en Byrds duidelijk door. Maar wat ook geconstateerd kan worden, is dat leider John Butler gewoon de Ray Davies van deze tijd is. Geweldige teksten, catchy liedjes, Diesel Park West klinkt als The Kinks in topvorm. Het maakt van Not Quite The American Dream een van de allerbeste platen van 2022.

Not Quite the American Dream was recorded at D-line Studios in the band’s native Leicester during March-April and October-November of 2020. The Covid pandemic#
brought restrictions, and Butler was forced to emerge as the primary guitarist in a band that once featured no less than three. And, although the record was recorded in
the UK it was fi nished in, of all places, Texas. That’s where long-time Dallas musician/producers Salim Nourallah and John Dufi lho (Deathray Davies/Apples in Stereo)
completed tracking and mixing. So, why Texas? Nourallah says, “Texas because I’ve been a fan since I saw DPW play the Marquee in New York City in 1992, and I wanted to do my best to help make a record that gets them some of the attention they so greatly deserve.”
Despite the band’s ties to the US, not only in the form of musical infl uences and a record label that has backed their creative resurgence, Not Quite the American
Dream is quintessentially British, with its Leicester street scene cover and socially conscious songs. “The inspiration came via that first Covid year which ironically was a
fantastic summer in England. I was playing guitar, putting stuff down, writing lyrics in the sunshine with a backdrop of unprecedented news…

Tracks
1. Best of You
2. Secondary Modern Man
3. Surrender Shuffle
4. Don’t Mention the War
5. Gonna Need a License
6. Peace March
7. Can’t Just Give it Away
8. Lunch on the Moon
9. Keep on the Track
10. Gone Gone Gone
11. One Shot of Happiness
12. If Had Yesterday

Info
DPWonesheet.pdf

Links
http://www.dieselparkwest.com
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_Park_West

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