October 31, 2010
House of Blues - Dallas
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Tim Taylor
Photos by Terry Walsh
Wide Array of Motions
Halloween night in Dallas is always a party, and Bay Area quartet Dredg got in on the action at the House of Blues, playing for a nearly sold-out crowd of rowdy teenagers and twenty-somethings. As the opening act for Circa Survive, their set was way too short, but they made the most of it by dressing up in Halloween costumes and grinding out a few of their melodic, intelligent rock songs.
Singer Gavin Hayes has one of the best and most unique voices of today's rock scene, and he showcased it well while belting out the bluesy and impassioned "Lightswitch" and "Ode To The Sun", the opening track from 2005's extremely underappreciated Catch Without Arms. Mark Engles' signature guitar style provided the driving force behind the heavy "Saviour" and the psychedelia behind the classic "Same Ol' Road" from 2002's El Cielo. They ended the show with the aesthetic instrumental "Down To The Cellar", which entranced the entire audience and left everyone wondering what else this band is capable of.
The most impressive thing about Dredg is the way they convey such a wide array of emotions while providing several different sounds and musical directions. They captured that nicely on their latest release The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion, and their next masterpiece should be out in early 2011. Hopefully, they'll follow that with a headlining tour, since the only problem with the Halloween show was that it seemed like they had to stop just as they were really getting going. This band has an extremely bright future, and more people need to learn about them and experience their music. What are you waiting for?