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SINGLE REVIEW: Stainless by Dynamos

Dynamos is a brand new rock band based out of Los Angeles, CA. They’re coming out with a new single called “Stainless” on the 20th of April. Their sound is best described as down home rock and roll, with a number of inspirations coming together to help craft their own sound. Dynamos is made up of Nadia E. (lead vocals), Nick Schaadt (bass), Jacob Mayeda (guitar), Ian Nakazawa (drums/percussion), and Carlos Barrera (guitar).

The music on “Stainless” is high energy. It starts off strong with Nakazawa’s excellent drumming, followed by the powerful guitar work of Mayeda and Barrera. The strength and energy in the music is enough to get your blood pumping. Schaadt’s work on the bass throughout the song adds to the bare-bones electricity. It all works perfectly does more than enough on it’s own to convey the mood and the story that they’re going for.

Nadia’s voice is spectacular. Sultry, soulful, and with a drawl that feels natural with the sound they have. If I didn’t know she was from New Jersey, I would’ve said she was from the South judging from that voice alone. She adds to the song brilliantly with her powerful vocals and has an energy all her own that carries the point across. “Stainless” is a song that will make you want to get in an old Cadillac Eldorado and do some… less than legal things, all with the encouragement of Nadia’s gorgeous vocals.

“Stainless” has one drawback that I couldn’t look past. The lyrics are severely lacking, seeming rather random outside of a general theme of lawlessness/rebelliousness that goes hand in hand with the overall sound of the song. It may not be an issue if you’re not one who listens to lyrics, but if you do, there are several moments where I was scratching my head. It is still a fun song, but it certainly takes you out of the moment that Nadia and rest of Dynamos are trying to craft around the listener.

With all that said, there is one lyric that stuck out. It’s fun and is a pretty relatable line. “Ha, my mind sometimes walks a line so fine, I swear I have to fall.” Even then, it could have been structured a little better. The music and Nadia’s stellar delivery, however, still makes the song very enjoyable as a whole. It’s got the sound you’d want from a song with this kind of story. It’s a rough around the edges (in all the right ways) rockabilly-esque sound that will get you pumped up for an adventure.

Dynamos is an emerging band that is striving to be an instant classic while still being new and refreshing. So far, they’re doing well with their goals. Each single they’ve put out has been an exciting ride and I look forward to seeing more from them in the future. “Stainless” is a fun song that will give you the excitement one fantasizes about a life on the run, with nothing but the moment set in stone.

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by Victoria Patterson

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