DATENITE: The new kids on the block.
"Every once in a while you get that electric butterfly sensation in your gut when you hear a bands music for the first time. You know you've stumbled upon something, your ears perk up and you pay attention."
When Anna approached me about doing promo photos for a new project she had in the works, I really didn't know what to expect. Although given her track record as a solo artist and a collaborator to many other artists, I knew if she said she had a project she was working on, that she meant business. What struck me from the very first conversation is that there was no hemming and hawing about how to do the shoot. There was no maybe we wanna try this or maybe we wanna try that, just a direct vision of what they were trying to accomplish aesthetically. There was clarity and confidence. This made my job super easy, all I needed to do was not fuck this up!
Hearing the story of how they all met and came together is the "typical" band romance (I kid!) of Anna and Caroline meeting through a Craigslist post looking for a musical accomplice. The story goes Anna and Caroline hit it off well and wrote a couple songs together and decided to have drummer auditions. Being already plugged into the music community, it wasn't very hard to get a good recommendation (Young-Chhaylee comin' through!) for a drummer. First audition up was Phil Hamilton and as they say, the rest was history. Somehow there was a transmutation from the very first coming together between the three of them and like the deft decisiveness mentioned of them earlier, they knew they had found their triad.
Speaking of transmutation, you'll hear the cliche "the sum is greater than its parts" and in my humble opinion, this couldn't be truer of DATENITE. There is an elevation when you take the potential of Anna and Caroline's songwriting and blend them together with enticing vocal harmonies. I'm not always sure of the science behind their vocal approach of whether one or the other is lead or they swap off, but they have definitely figured out how to dynamically deliver lyrics in a way that you don't always hear.
Songs will start out with electric piano and then Caroline might start the vocals with lyrics like:
"I’m giving in to it
Not gonna stop being me with it
It’s an awful feeling that you can’t forget
But it’s not, it’s not the end.
Sleep tight my lonesome blues
I will be back for you"
There is tension in the air with lyric and melody. The mood dances between darkness and hope. To bring things together Phil layers in with a half electric drum kit.
The pulse of the of the kick drum cuts through and brings the the emotion of the song to full impact.
Every once in a while you get that electric butterfly sensation in your gut when you hear a bands music for the first time. You know you've stumbled upon something, your ears perk up and you pay attention. I can attribute these feelings to the first few times I saw DATENITE. I thought to myself these guys might be onto something here. The blend of electronic beats, harmonies between vocals and keyboardist along with heartfelt lyrics delivers something unique and exciting to listen to.
My track record for coming to a conclusion that a band or an album is doing it for me can be summed up in one word; surprise. When an artist does something that I am not expecting is when I am most captured. We've all consumed 100's of hours of different types of music, we want something to stand out and make an impact, to move us. I can say in this instance DATENITE has hit the mark.
We hear say that we can expect some recordings from them soon as they are heading into the studio to start the recording process. That being said, if you haven't heard DATENITE and your imagination has been running wild with the descriptions I gave, you will probably want to make it to one of their shows. Otherwise, you'll have to patiently wait for their song releases like the rest of us.
Get in touch with DATENITE on their Facebook page.
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