There are so very many bands around these days, the caliber is high and so much of it impresses. Musical ability alone is enough to get you doing something creative with your life, but it’s not always enough to leave an impact on an audience. Energy is crucial, compatibility within the band, songwriting, ideas, expression, and emotion all play a part in building something that lasts. Made up of five talented members, Jake Tennant on lead and backup vocals, Keith Chapman on lead guitar and lead and backup vocals, Mark Chapman on rhythm guitar, Bill Thomas on bass, and Garry Adams on the drums, Doublewide Debris perform and play together so in sync it’s like they’ve been together their entire musical careers. Doublewide Debris is a band that initially seem to have that comforting, skillful, organic sound that would see you through a daytime festival set in a bright and beautiful way. Pretty quickly though you realize how much more there is to it. Their lyrics and their melodies are incredibly unique and endlessly interesting, not to mention reflective of inner truths, poetic, heartfelt, and clever. Doublewide Debris’ new album “Can’t Lose Them All” is a wonderful project to have played for you.
“Where I Am” was the first song from this record to cross my path and it’s a superb place to begin. The leading voice and the melody feel like a traditional Americana piece with a twist. As you make your way through Doublewide Debris’ songs, you grow more and more fond of the band’s realness and subtle vulnerabilities as honest artists, and you start to crave the raw vibrancy of a live show. Following the opener on this project is the title track “Can’t Lose Them All” offering story-lines and a slightly varied level of emotion respectively. The vocals are hard-hitting and always the instrumentation is stunning and backs up the underlying sentiments in a relevant way. “Here Comes the Sun” comes afterward and completely revamps the energy and the scene. A manic piece of musicianship and passionate performance erupts into the room. The strings, the quickness, the unwavering sense of movement – it runs away with you, and this works well after the somewhat mellow first few moments of the project.
“Never Sing the Blues” mixes things up further, taking that eclecticism to another level, reminding you how inherently unique Doublewide Debris is. This wall of audio comes through, refreshing and inclined to make you smile. “Everything to Gain” follows and proceeds to melt your heart as this section of the album re-mellows the mood and pours parts of its soul out into yours. This song is exquisite, Doublewide Debris utilize contrast and space perfectly well, letting the notes and the ideas and the simplicity of musical mastery reach out and really connect. A definite highlight, entrancing and wonderful to listen to.
Showcasing the musical prowess of the band, “Ain’t It Easy” creates a magical soundscape around you that offers its own unique layered and loving story-line. The intimacy of that soft leading voice draws you in with striking detail. At this point, it feels as if you’re right there in the room with the band.
During the latter half, “Tait Bridge Road” is a definite highlight, brilliant guitar work, a fine melody, gorgeous vocals, and powerful poetry. It’s infectiously upbeat and rhythmic enough to lift you out of your mid-day lull. Conceptually again contrast emerges, but it’s a depth you’ve long-since grown affection for. The melodic progression seems genuinely original, and that classic musicianship suits the story-telling well. “Alright with Me” afterward keeps things warm and engaging with a simple yet effective hook and a colorful, multi-layered ambiance that seems powerfully connected to the ideas presented within.
Doublewide Debris presents fascinating songwriting that lyrically intrigues and maintains your interest right the way through. Though the music is classically rooted, the writing is decidedly original, and that makes “Can’t Lose Them All” a total joy to listen through. The project approaches the conclusion with the quickly anthem-like Americana ballad that is “Melody”. The song has familiarity again but with a little something new enough to make it feel relevant and engaging in today’s world. The personal touch works well and honesty rings loud and clear in the leading voice.
The album comes to a close with a song called “There You Are”. A simple intro warms you up for the full-throttle instrumentation and compelling, all-together-now melody and story-line that unfolds. This one feels like a 60s rock-classic in some ways. A lovely way to finish, gentle but effective, memorable. And now, we head back to the start, to listen all over again. There are bound to be some almighty lyrics missed the first time around. Doublewide Debris is a superb band and I’ll be listening through their catalog of songs for the weeks to come. We’re so looking forward to hearing more! Check out “Can’t Lose Them All” here and read more with Doublewide Debris below!
Welcome to BuzzMusic Doublewide Debris! Your latest project “Can’t Lose Them All” is definitively lively, with such an eclectic, yet modern take on production. How did you intend to connect with your listeners with this particular album?
Eclectic is a spot-on description of our music because our influences are very wide-ranging. Being from Southern Illinois we are somewhat centrally located between Nashville, St. Louis, and Chicago which exposes us to various styles of music. We incorporate Country, Blues, and Rock in our music to provide a little something for the listener to enjoy regardless of their musical taste.
Tell us more about the meaning of the lyrics within “Ain’t It Easy”?
“Ain’t It Easy” is the story of two people who meet, become friends, and soon realize their connection is stronger than the bonds they have in separate committed relationships. The lyrics express how easy it becomes to share emotions and overcome guilt when you find your true love.
What would you say is the most useful piece of criticism you’ve received thus far within your career? Do you typically take criticism to your advantage?
Critical album reviews have been the most useful for us. We take the negative and turn it into a positive. There is always room for improvement. We try to make each album better than the previous one based on reviews from listeners and music critics.
Which song on this album do you think best captures your sound as a band?
“Where I Am” or the title track “Can’t Lose Them All” probably best represents our sound. Riff based rhythms, straight overdrive, and country-style lyrics, yea, that’s us!
It was a treat being able to showcase “Can’t Lose Them All” on BuzzMusic! We can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us as listeners! What’s the next goal for you artistically within the music world, now that you’ve just released a full-length project?!
“Can’t Lose Them All” is our fifth full-length album. We are starting to get airplay on Americana radio and putting together a tour to promote the album. We’re also writing new material for our sixth album to be leased mid-2020. To all of our fans, thank you for appreciating and supporting our music!