There are some songs that upon first listen grab hold of you and never let go, the melodic hook sunk deep and forever embedded within. Yet, there are others that, while perhaps not as initially catchy, draw you in slowly, enticing you into listen after listen where the various layers of beauty are too be found. Such is the case with the latest single from the John Dellroy Band, “Burning Desire.”
For the uninitiated, the John Dellroy Band hails from Austria but features members from Germany and Australia and has carved out a strong following for their unique brand of rock fused together with electronic and folk influences. Their 2013 debut, A New Life Has Begun, pushed that success forward with the track “Time” scoring particularly well in their native Austria. Additionally, the song “She,” saw considerable success in the U.S., scoring high on the FMQB charts. Now the band is back at work in the studio, working with GRAMMY nominated producer and songwriter, Peter Roberts, on their sophomore effort, with “Burning Desire” leading the way as lead single.
The track opens with some sweeping violin swells from Daniel Salecich, tones which anchor the track and lend it an extra wave of freshness as Mike “Drummer” Pawlowitsch’s beats drop home, setting the stage for Dellroy’s vocals. Dellroy’s vocal tones take a moment to adjust to, slightly nasal and with a touch of grit, but once it settles it’s a strong delivery, particularly as the track emerges into the rousing chorus, with throbbing bass from Peter Völker and Franz Königshofer’s lead guitar standing strong. It’s big, bold, and while the hook sinks in slowly, once it’s got you, it’s there to stay.
Lyrically, the energetic track holds strong as well. Speaking to a place of lust and passionate desire, Dellroy sings, “I can see from the look in your eyes/That your heart is filled with burning desire/You have a devilish smile and those eyes/They are clouded with your crazy desire.” His protagonist continues, smitten with the lusty looks coming his way, “I’m captivated by the look of your smile/Come to me and let us stop this game of catch and chase.” It’s a classic tale of sexual pursuit and seduction but the John Dellroy Band captures it in such a fun, engaging way it doesn’t feel cliché.
While it may be a slow burn developing, John Dellroy Band’s latest effort, “Burning Desire,” is a worthy listen. From the soulful violin licks to the scorching high energy chorus, anchored by Dellroy’s unique vocals, it’s a track that has some solid ground underneath it. Add in lyrics that appeal something we can all identify with, that almost primal sense of sexual pursuit, and you’re got the potential makings of another big hit for the Austrian outfit.