2014-02-21 14:18:57 - Graceful and in control, the Dean Capewell Allstars band owned the stage. This confidence might be the result of their journey from indie rockers to mainstream success...
The ‘Allstars’ band dove headfirst into the set, focusing on tracks from their debut album “Lucid Dream”, due to be released before June. Front man Dean Capewell was in his own blissful world onstage, swinging his hips and spinning in circles to tracks, as if this was his first time performing the material. His strapping, muscle-packed chords did all the heavy-lifting, with rolling peaks that dwindled down to hushed lines in one swoop.
Their popular single, “Sober,” swerves in and out of this start-and-stop pace, with Capewell’s graceful falsetto bridging the gap. Dean flips this guitar-heavy rant, with intermittent breaks, on and off with ease, creating a sonic roller coaster built on angular guitars and rapid-fire drums. Guitarist Tony Adams couldn't
help but double over during his frenetic solos.
Graceful and in control, the Dean Capewell Allstars band owned the stage. This confidence might be the result of their journey from indie rockers to mainstream success: The gradual rise to fame gave them time to fine-tune their approach, helping to enhance their strengths in a warm and engaging, but subtle way.
Another fresh-faced track, “Daydreamer,” stretched Dean Capewell’s hearty range with force, igniting the crowd from the preceding, softer hit, “Draw the Line” For the new song, the full house danced and jumped to the adrenaline-pumping choruses, further fuelling the headliners. But again, the group hit the brakes with the peaceful track “Firelight.”
Like slowly waking from a much-needed nap, “Firelight” swept in with a light-footed force, spotlighting their singular, orbital pedals and storytelling ability. The encore was no different, hopping from the delicateness of “Camera” to the satisfyingly up-tempo “My Body” to end the night, leaving the room breathless.
The opening act, “Project Envy” was the right appetizer for the Dean Capewell Allstar’s spiralling spread. Project Envy had a cheerful blend of acoustic melodies and sweet harmonies, and, like the Halloween Battle of the Bands, the rockers applied their stringed instruments in a playful way. The audience caught onto the fun quickly, enthusiastically cheering them on during their concluding song.