The Drama Dolls - 'The Sublime Art of Self Importance'

Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.

In this edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be digging into a brand new band hailing from the United Kingdom. The Drama Dolls’ debut EP is ‘The Sublime Art Of Self Importance,’ a record filled with intensely dark lyrics and ‘angst driven guitar.’ It’s a relatively short debut, clocking in at three tracks. That brevity is beneficial to the group, however, since the EP doesn’t drag on longer than it should. (A problem so many independent artists face.)

From the opening notes of ‘Don’t Waste Your Prayers,’ the Drama Dolls’ style is quickly fleshed out.  It’s anthem-like, cinematic, and dramatic. There’s a lot going on in the sound with searing electric guitars, pounding percussion, and defiant vocal pieces. The soundscape is a compelling one, but it’s also a bit cluttered. In particular, the percussion is mixed in a peculiar fashion. It’s timbre is too high and doesn’t accent the song the way it should. That aside, the sound is quite good. The song’s lead vocals are awesome, as is the lead guitar.

‘I Want More’ has a very different flair to it. The vocals are a bit buried in the mix, and they’re much more brooding than the previous track. The second song in the collection also exhibits bits of alternative and pop rock. It feels a tad experimental as well, playing around with unique sounds. ‘I Want More’ is a much better track than ‘Don’t Waste Your Prayers,’ if not simply due to the sense of completeness the opening lacks.

‘The Sublime Art Of Self Importance’ closes out with ‘King For A Day,’ the strongest track in the EP. In fact, the tracks are gradually better throughout the album. The percussion and vocal mixing issues present on its two predecessors are mostly resolved, and ‘King For A Day’ is the most polished effort of the three. It’s also catchy, and I really dig the lead vocalist - he’s great when he’s not buried in a mix like on ‘I Want More.’

‘The Sublime Art Of Importance’ is authentic and wholly original. Though the effort struggles from some mixing and mastering issues, it feels ambitious and exciting throughout. Thus, it’s very successful and very much worth your time. Check out the band online below.

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