Review of Lonely Dakota’s EP, ‘End of Days’

Lonely Dakota is a UK band that describes their sound as Indie-Alt-Southern Rock. Their EP, End of Days, was released on June 28, 2019. 

The EP begins with “Victoria”, a power ballad that is both beautiful and melancholy as it seduces you with poetry set to music.The lyrics are exceptional for a ballad, and the arrangement is tight. It’s a well thought out beginning for this EP. 

Next up is the title track, “End of Days”. The song begins with what can only be described as a tutorial on how far an accomplished guitarist can stretch his fingers. Check out their video on Instagram and you’ll quickly understand. Luke Varndell is working from the 3rd fret on his guitar clean across the 7th fret! He produces a terrifying sound that reminds me of a wooden roller coaster barreling down the tracks. It will pull you into a fast adventure of good lyrics and a strong production as it twists and turns, up and down on its journey to the End of Days

“Medication” is easily my favorite! It has that perfect summertime groove to it. Reminds me of hurdling down the small town backroads of my youth, windows down and music blasting. This could easily be a radio hit for me. 

Next up is “Overdrive”, where the southern rock is on the back burner as they go into full-on heavy metal mode. Gone are the small town back roads as we open it up on a classic head- bangin’ drum-driven, guitar-wailing highway ride. Not sure if the vocals are echoing the guitar playing or vice versa, but it works! 

“15 years” is a track that took some time to feel right in my head. At first it reminded me of an old Skid Row song, but the more I listened to it, the more I felt the uniqueness of it. It has a more modern feel, but maintains that rough edge. This one will grow on you. 

Keep your eye on these guys. They’ve got great skills and the potential to stand out from the crowd of Indie-Rockers. 

About T.M. Strubel

Deep in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, you’ll find this guy, rocking out at his favorite campground. When not hosting a game of trivia at the famous “Cow Palace,” you’ll find him riding the nature trails in his custom golf cart, listening to music as diverse as Aerosmith, Cream and Pink Floyd, to Jane’s Addiction and Lenny Kravitz. It’s true, he probably shouldn’t be driving so fast with Parkinson’s Disease, but don’t tell him that. He’s been moving and shaking (get it??) to his own beat ever since he snuck out at age 15 to see George Thorogood & The Destroyers. So...if you find yourself lost in the woods some cold night, and hear the mournful sounds of “Folsom Prison Blues” echoing through the trees, make your way to the source. You’ll find a roaring campfire beside a gazebo. Pull up a camp stool and sit next to the guy with the cane. You’ll soon realize that’s not Johnny Cash he’s playing. That would be “Small Town Titans”, and he’d love to tell you about them! Stay awhile. Let’s talk music...

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