A band with a female vocalist nowadays usually gets grouped into one of several comparisons, virtually all of which are lazy on a music listener’s part. You have your No Doubts (“She sounds like Gwen Stefani!”), your Paramores (“She sounds like “Hayley Williams!”), your occasional Tegan & Sara comparisons and your rare soulful Janis Joplin comparisons. Stelladeora’s vocalist does not sound like any of these things. Stelladeora, as a band, does not sound like any of these things.
That’s a good thing.
The first track on A Dosage From Delusional, “System Failure,” is an instrumental, and it sets a dark tone for the rest of the album. It leads right into the most straight forward punk song on the album. As a band, they are tight knit group – a slick rhythm section, a male screaming backing vocalist at parts, and harmony vocals on most all choruses. The guitar work stands out as a step above most up-and-coming pop/punk pretenders out there.
But not all of Stelladeora is gold. The songwriting gets far too typical at times, and that can make it unmemorable. As an artist, they are at their best when writing a song that fits one particular genre – and that’s shocking, because you would hope a music group would be best when they are being unique and distinctive. When Stelladeora is going into unchartered, they sound more like a female lead, punk rock Circa Survive or Tides of Man than the pop/punk they are on about half of Dosage. However, they are strongest when they are doing a heavier Paramore (gah, I just made that comparison), or a lighter Alexisonfire. Songs like the ska of “My Mistake” and the punk of “Magnetic Poetry” stand out most. When they try for a unique sound, it’s almost as though they are biting off more than they can chew.
Overall, A Dosage From Delusional is pretty good. All the members are talented, and I’d go see them if they were in my area. But it’s not a must have, and it’s oddly disappointing. Most bands are better doing their thing. Stelladeora, on this release, is at its best when it’s doing punk, or ska – or just some sound that isn’t particularly unique. I hope they figure it out in time, because the potential for something more is there.
by Dan Bogosian
Stelladeora is a punk pop progressive band from Central New Jersey. They love long walks in the park and buffalo wings.
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