Dan Webb is a 21 year old singer-songwriter from Australia, who has already made massive waves in his home country and is now hoping to take the UK by storm with his infectious piano led rock. Dan in his homeland has already headlined the gigantic (420,000 fans) St Kilda Festival as well as supporting the legendary Conway Savage (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), whilst his debut EP, Capitulation achieved great success and critical acclaim.
Hyperspace Clearance follows up the aforementioned debut EP and also sets to gain Dan greater regonition here in the UK and I have to say listening to the four tracks on here it could help him become something of a household name. The first thing you notice is the absence of any electric guitars, the scond thing you notice is you don’t miss them one iota with Dan’s impressive keys work taking centre stage along with his stunning melodic, yet hitting vocals.
The EP opens with a tale of lust and oppuntities in the shape of Way Out, a glorious frenzy of piano, hard hitting beats and Dan’s punchy vocals, it’s a catchy alternative rock number with a twist and a massive poppy hook that’ll leave you dazzled and desperate for more. From there, Weathered Mind mixes and meshes together indie rock with a jazzy tilt to create a sensational combination of big hooks and clever instrumentation that brings to mind former Rhythm & Booze faves Melodyme.
These Walls is a combination of driving bass and frantic keys, complete with a wonderfully spacey breakdown, Doors like middle section organ solo and Dan’s most energetic vocal delivery to date. Whilst the EP is brought to a close with Weekends, a track that changes direction and time signatures, slowing down and speeding up a number of times whilst adding a distinctive funk element to proceedings before hitting it’s frenzied finale.
Hyperspace Clearance is a stunning short collection that’ll hit home with anyone who’s after something a little different from your typical alternative rock, Dan proves you don’t need guitars to whip up full throttle rock, his high octane piano licks and contagious hooks are more than enough to seduce and intrigue.
Rhythm & Booze Rating 9