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The Dualers - Melting Pot

The Dualers, Melting Pot

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2.5 out of 5

BUSKING brothers Si and Tyber – aka The Dualers – release their debut album, The Melting Pot off the back of a strong word of mouth campaign and their own hard work.

The duo have managed to place themselves at the forefront of the ska revival spearheaded by the likes of The Ordinary Boys and The Dead 60s.

But rather than relying on radio play, Si and Tyber took to the streets and built up a strong following from their live shows, which subsequently helped them to achieve two hit singles and build up over 30,000 fans.

The success of this toil even enabled them to create their own Ska club night, Skavoovie, which is becoming one of the central platforms for the scene’s revival.

The album is a similarly infectious affair for any fans of ska music, dripping in sunshine tinged melodies and trumpet fanfares that make it impossible to dislike completely, no matter what you may think of the genre.

Recent single, Don’t Go is typical of the sound to expect – an infectious blend of ska, reggae and busking style guitars that somehow manage to put a smile on your face, no matter how sceptical you may initially be. It is steeped in classic values but contains such a feel-good vibe that something rubs off on the listener along the way.

The same can be said for efforts like Jack The Ripper and Kiss On The Lips with their feel-good reggae influences.

Sadly, however, the album relies a little too heavily on this formula for success and by the time you reach the tenth or 12th track, there’s a growing sense of over-familiarity.

Almost every song drops a reggae vibe early on and you begin to pine for some diversity.

The result is an album that probably works best in live form, when The Dualers’ lively vocals and upbeat style translates far better to the crowd.

In album form, it’s too easy to skip to the next track in search of something different.

That’s not to say the remainder is a lost cause – another former single, Truly Madly Deeply, recalls the excitement you may have experienced when they first burst onto the scene.

While the standout track, Urban Spirit, is a strong acoustic ballad that’s more in keeping with the style of classic Paul Weller (think Wild Wood) than The Dualers’ signature sound.

Had they broken the album up with more interludes such as this, we may really have started to get excited. As things stand, it’s an amiable listen in small doses.

Track listing:

  1. Money
  2. Stole The Show
  3. Jack The Ripper
  4. Take A Trip
  5. Don’t Go
  6. Kiss On The Lips
  7. Urban Spirit
  8. Finally Your Day Has Come
  9. Wake Up
  10. Won’t Let You Go
  11. Ain’t That A Shame
  12. Truly Madly Deeply
  13. What A Result
  14. Last Call For Free Town