‘The Birth of Industry’ - The Deportees - strong narrative, emotive vocals(November 10, 2017)
The Celtic roots are obvious, as is the rockier side of folk rock. There’s also memorable melodies, a wealth of hooks plus an outstanding acoustic and electronic mix. The source is the debut album, ‘The Birth of Industry’ from The Deportees. The songs come at you through a strong narrative delivered by powerful emotive vocals, sometimes the acoustic edge takes precedence and sometimes electric lead sweeps in over a powerful rhythm section drive. And that’s the strength of this mix that ranges across life, love, darkness and light.
The immediate attraction begins with the opening track ‘This Man’ and the layered harmonies of ‘A Single Truth’, folkier elements of rock take over with ‘I Lost Her To The Sea’ and ‘Strip the Willow’ while they embrace balladic approaches with ‘North’ and ‘’Lessen the Load’. There’s a soaring richness to this album making its presence felt through each song - softly embracing or roaring with emphasis.
The Deportees are Adam Keenan, Adam Morrice, Diarmaid O’Gallagher, Duncan Dallas, Richard Osborne and Christy Keenan.
Review: Tom Franks