Blazing his way through the scene from Lake Worth, Florida, is a singer-songwriter and alternative-punk recording artist Dominic DeLaney with his gripping 9-track album, 'The Marrow In My Bones.'
Dominic DeLaney's broad musical style comprises sounds of punk, alternative, and a dash of acoustic alongside folk-like storytelling. It's expansive, to say the least, and fans from Chicago to Denver have all raved about the recording artist's thrilling live performances and ability to keep the audience engaged.
Bringing that same energy and grit is Dominic DeLaney's 2021-released album, 'The Marrow In My Bones.'
Dominic DeLaney's debut album peels open with the intro track, "Chubby," a hearty serving of foot-stomping punk rock with a western, country, folk-like edge. The introduction takes us by surprise with pounding punk drums and Dominic DeLaney's angsty, exciting vocals that beam like the first ray of sun. The song's lively instrumentals keep us hooked with groovy guitar licks and driving rhythm guitars. All stress is relieved when reaching the glimmering hook, which comes through with the brightest synths while maintaining that gripping and exhilarating rock atmosphere.
Onto track number two, "From the Start," Dominic DeLaney opens this song on more of an emotional alternative-rock tone with radiant and expansive electric guitars alongside thrilling drum breaks and a plucky, soft acoustic guitar. As DeLaney begins pouring his warm and melodic vocals through our speakers, he asks 'P' where she's been, how she's a bitch, and claims that everything he says is from the bottom of his heart. An underlying sense of energy and relief comes with this exciting banger, perhaps a sort of acceptance to move onward and upward.
The third track, "Have My Back, " slows things down and softly opens with a soothing electric guitar that quickly transitions into an acoustic-guitar heavy verse that pounds our speakers with heavy drums and Dominic DeLaney's vibrant energy. This song takes on the theme of wondering if someone will be there for you through thick and thin, and DeLaney's portrayal of those thoughts and emotions is spot on. We love the anguish and wonder Dominic DeLaney sings with; he has this incredible way of placing the listener deep within his concepts, almost as if they're experiencing it first-hand.
Pumping up the grit and power is track number four, "Seen It All Before," which takes listeners deep into the 'crazy college tuition drug binge,' the repetitive nature of addiction, and admitting that sometimes we all get high (and we all get low too). This song has a mysteriously-sounding verse that quickly transitions into a blistering and anthemic hook to further enhance the listening experience. There's so much energy and passion within this album thus far, and Dominic DeLaney's wailing guitars, raspy vocals, and shoutouts to working at Subway make the experience worthwhile.
The album's mid-way track, "Play Hard Play Honest," opens with samples of an excited crowd alongside Dominic DeLaney's high-energy drums, familiar vocals, and punchy guitars that set the passionate tone. DeLaney later goes into those difficult emotions of playing shows and living in the moment but feeling terrified that his special someone won't be around once he's home. Although his lyrics come from an honest and emotional place, this song is drenched in drive, relentlessness, and passion for his craft. We can only imagine the experience that comes with witnessing this banger live in concert.
Reaching the album's sixth track, "Sad Songs," Dominic DeLaney takes the energy back down and opens the song with his bright acoustic guitar and minimal piano melodies. While reminiscing of younger, better days and watching life get harder, Dominic DeLaney expresses that although he's cried more than he should, sad songs just make him feel good. That lyric is vastly relatable, take it from us, and we're sure listeners will appreciate DeLaney's ability to navigate life through such meaningful lyrics that truly move mountains. This song is wildly cathartic; it's packed with release, anguish, and perseverance.
There's a recurring theme in this album that reappears on the seventh track, "My Way Home," where Dominic DeLaney touches on how he misses someone singing along to his songs while wondering if they miss him in return. This song is very uplifting; the beaming acoustic guitars alongside soft synths and driving drums never fail to pump up the party and give listeners the relief they're looking for. All in all, Dominic DeLaney is sure that he'll find his way back home; even in the darkest times where loneliness waves over like a dim shadow, there's still a light at the tunnel's end.
Another toe-tapping tune bolts through our speakers with "Pay Me (feat. Andii Styron)," which takes off with tight drum breaks and the grooviest electric guitar riffs to launch the song's energy. As Dominic DeLaney makes his way in, he energetically sings of those dreaded questions like 'did you get a job yet?' or 'did you get a car yet?' yearning to leave it all behind and never think twice. Andii Styron's added female flair gives the song a rich punk edge that oozes equal amounts of energy, stimulation, and attitude. There's so much to hear in this track, and all aspects are definitely worth listening to.
Taking us to the soul-soothing outro track, "Life On Mars," Dominic DeLaney and his tender acoustic guitar gently open this piece, singing of waiting for a chance where things get better while floating on a rock in space. As the lush piano melodies and soft electric guitars make their way in, DeLaney takes us through the first verses to end the song on this radiant and cathartic note. The instrumentals pound through our speakers on the bridge to serve us the last few ounces of energy, closing the album with profound introspection and the need for better, brighter days.
Do some needed soul-searching with a bit of help from Dominic DeLaney's engaging and deeply personal 9-track album, 'The Marrow In My Bones,' now available on all digital streaming platforms.