Music Review: Dexter Wesley & The New Experience [Demo]

Going a little off the beaten path for this one, I want to talk to you about a demo disc I picked up at Comfest; Dexter Wesley & The New Experience. If you read my review of that event, you’ll recall that this band does a soulful Jimi Hendrix tribute that was a real crowd pleaser. I was thrilled when they let me take a listen to their new CD (recorded in just 6 hours, or so I was told).

First off, this band is old-school all the way; no slick marketing gimmicks, no glossy pamphlets with scantily clad women (aw, damn it!).  This disc is a plain ole’ CDR burned by hand from the guys who recorded it. Reminds me of the tape trading days of the 80’s. Not fancy, but shows that you’re dealing with musicians, not salesman. Fair enough.

The disc in question is comprised of 7 tracks, no playlist. I was able to piece together most titles from their Myspace page for all but 2 tracks; 4) is possibly called Captain Corruption and 6) well, you got me there.

The intro piece (aptly called ‘My Guitar’) sets the tone for the entire release; VERY Hendrix-like, but raw,  bluesy and feeling like a genuine 60’s vibe. I have a collection of Hendrix bootlegs and studio outtakes – this CD could easily fit amongst them. And like those rarities, this doesn’t quite have the sound of a mainstream Hendrix release, but it is most definitely in the same vein.

My favorite track is probably ‘I’m Tired of Being Your Fool’, which you can hear for yourself on Dexter’s Myspace page. Unlike most of the other songs, this one is all Stevie Ray. Damn good drinkin’ music, too. Also really liked ‘Blues (booze) in my head’ and ”Hold My Head Up”.

In fact, the whole disc is good down-to-earth, roughly produced, sweaty Blues-ified rock n’ roll. My only concern is that like their live performances, the sound is so very much Jimi it will be difficult for them to be appreciated on their own terms. Which honestly, they deserve to be.

So pour yourself a drink, take a listen on Myspace and see what you think. Maybe even catch them live if you happen to be in Columbus, Ohio -  I guarantee you won’t regret it.  But don’t hold your breath waiting for them to email bomb your inbox selling t-shirts or adding you on Twitter so you’ll know every time they take a crap.

These are musicians, folks.  Real ones.  Even in 2010, Old-school lives.   And thank God for that!

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2 Responses to “Music Review: Dexter Wesley & The New Experience [Demo]”

  1. Kevin Edwards says:

    Thanks Rev… you said it exactly right, true old school band that has mastered the hendrix sound to a tee.


  2. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

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