When you first press play on Double Date with Death‘s debut EP, Across the Sea, you’re greeted by seven seconds of absolute silence. Thankfully, this silence doesn’t last long, and turns into a series of incredible songs that will leave you hopeful for the musical future of Montreal’s Double Date with Death.
The first few chords of “Ride” are so upbeat and feel so great that it is somewhat similar to the catchy, fast-paced hit by The White Stripes, “Fell in Love with a Girl”, except with vocals that are entirely different. Vince has a strong and unique voice that is perfect for songs of both blues-rock and punk influences.
“Man & the Sea” may be repetitive, but it is far from being a boring kind of repetitive. The song sounds like the perfect cross between The Clash and The Ramones, and is followed by two retro songs, clearly driven by the rockabilly genre.
The final track of the flawless EP, “Black Cat”, is the album’s masterpiece. It employs the best vocal talents on the album, with an incredible range and a sound reminiscent of Dan Auerbach’s voice. It’s just as upbeat as the first, and features more rockabilly guitar riffs. It will have all your musical senses satisfied to the very end, but will leave you thirsty for more.
Luckily, you can quench that previously mentioned thirst, as the album features a bonus track, “Forever”. Though the lyrics of this song are not the greatest, they don’t need to be as the once again unbelievable vocals and guitar compensate for them. Though it’s considered a bonus track, it would be better as a final track than the previous song was, as it gives a feeling of closure.
Double Date with Death brought a whole new level of talent to Montreal with the release of their debut album, which is perfect for the ears of anyone who loves lo-fi punk and blues. We should all look forward to the release of their second album which is set to come out sometime later this year.
Written by Franca G. Mignacca