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Dreadnaught
An American Standard
Redfez Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Dreadnaught calls their sound "progabilly," which is defined as "a term coined to describe the ban's unique amalgam of old school progressive rock and Americana with a dose of classical and jazz." Progabilly's a funny word. I have a feeling I'll be using it in conversation soon, both to confuse people and to amuse myself. But, anyway, Dreadnaught consists of Justin Walton, Rick Habib, and Robert Lord. They've played with members of the Who, Rustic Overtones, and Strangefolk, and even though all three bands are diverse in sound, Dreadnaught sound a little bit similar to each of them. Surprisingly, the bands they sound most similar to is Phish, especially during songs like "The Jester's Theme," pairing jam-band-like structure with a unique delicacy and complexity.

Walton, Habib, and Lord are all talented musicians who play jam-band-esque, long, winding songs, without the common degeneration into the same riffs and beats for the entire final third of the song. Dreadnaught is the Phish, Moe, or the Disco Biscuits of indie rock, except they spare the listener of the boredom that sometimes finds its way into the end of a ten-minute jam. This complexity lends the band a unique quality, apparently unique enough to give their music its own name.

Simply, An American Standard is good. Really good. These guys know how to play. Vocals are only included when they fit really well, playing a dominant role in the music and captivating the listener. I've had some trouble picking out my favorite songs, but I'd say they're "The Jester's Theme," "Deneb" and "Popeye."

They tour a lot, a little over 150 shows a year, and sound like a great band to hear live. I'm sure I'll be going when they come to New York.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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