The Dreadful Tides have just released their third song, Foul Play, which is the follow-up to their previous singles House of Pain and Crazy.
The Melbourne-based rock band once again impresses with a walloping dose of their brand of compelling hard rock. The band’s music is a fusion of styles that takes its cues from prominent figures in the history of classic rock, including Black Sabbath, Kiss, Motley Crüe, Rage Against the Machine, and Alice in Chains.
Holden Stirling (vocals), Justin Strudwick (guitar), Darius Kooth (bass), and Leland Hallett (drums) create the band’s full throttled, intense rock sound with a hybrid post-grunge style that is characterised by skilful playing and an attention to crafting an interesting and multi-layered song.
As the band says about the new track, ‘Foul Playtells the story of a man falling down the wrong path of his brother. Some say it’s a song about revenge; others say it’s a warning given by a wise family member.’ Whatever one’s interpretation of the song’s narrative, it contains just as much allure and salient characteristics as the musical palette.
‘‘ The tune has an ominous undertone, highlighting the dark implications made by the story and the raw and striking visuals presented.
The song opens with a guitar riff accompanied by accents and a pounding, incessant straight kick drum, and it quickly develops into a rock tune with a moderate tempo with various melodies that juxtapose with the nebulous, fermenting background. This cycle continues until the guitar solo brings the piece to a suitably satisfying conclusion.
The tune has an ominous undertone, highlighting the dark implications made by the story and the raw and striking visuals presented. The contrast between the accessible melodic lines and the music's dark and desolate tone is one of Foul Play’s most fascinating parts.
This contrast is especially noticeable in regard to the rhythmic attack of the muted distorted guitars and the accompanying tenacious, unyielding pulse.
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