Dome Dwellers

This lively, all parts separate but equal, three-piece is making music that is danceable, progressive, and infectiously unique. Songwriter Michel J. Slack brings sharp guitar licks surrounded by edgy affected rhythm, and delayed loops. Cullen Dean supplies a healthy dose of tonal, sometimes funky, breakdowns on the bass. When you take these two separate pieces and mix in David Gore’s simple set of syncopated fills and solid steady drum grooves you have a sound that is even and well-rounded.

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What’s really special about this group is that while the original music and lyrics are written by Slack, none of the members feel any restriction on what they should or shouldn’t be adding to their sound. This makes each of their parts very distinct. However they have no trouble melding those unique parts into something that is neatly cohesive.  Because of this, the band’s genre is hard to pinpoint. The style of a show for Dome Dwellers can range from harder punk, to southern rock, and even lighter indie rock, but they still manage to fit in perfectly.

 The band’s first demo can be heard or downloaded at a name your own price on their bandcamp website. “We basically made these tracks to hear what we sounded like” says Dean about the demos. Their recordings have such great raw vibes that give you a precise impression of what their live shows are like. On stage the boys are lively and engaging, screaming and dancing though breakdowns, and occasionally rapping, they have fun and so does the audience. “Crazy Talk” is a great example of how the band builds their sound from the ground up, changing and moving around the open space that the song creates. It is also the perfect mix of the many feels and sounds that the band can encompass.

Dome Dwellers’ schedule is consistently full, they can be seen up to two or three times a week in Denton at local venues and house shows. They make the occasional trip to Austin  as well, and are currently shopping around to record their first full length album.

Quick Update

In the last couple days, since establishing the site, I’ve gotten plenty of responses from you guys and have been busy listening to and writing about the next couple of bands to be featured (Ella Minnow, Wire Wings, Dome Dwellers, and Sacco and Vanzetti) . I am super excited to be working on this project, thanks for all of your support! I also wanted to say that although I will be reviewing bands and live acts here, these posts are for my own experience as a writer/music-critic, so please enjoy them accordingly. Thanks again for all of your support!

Scott Graham

“Underneath” by Señor Fin

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              Released in early January of this year Señor Fin’s debut album “Underneath” is a leap and a bound in the right direction for this group of young artists. Due to their recent success in the local Denton music scene, and their hardworking attitude Señor Fin has mashed up a top-notch live set consisting of newer material, and songs that have morphed over the years from singer-songwriter Jesse Miller’s early start in high school. Long time middle and high school buddies Jesse Miller and Jesse Botello formed the first version of Señor Fin in early 2010. In the following months Percussionist Mason Lynass and multi-instrumentalist Ronan Delisle joined up to make this four-piece rock band what it is today.Señor Fîn

            First off the cohesiveness of this group, despite their ever-changing melodies, breaks, and toe tapping rhythms, is a feat in and of itself. Talented and technical as the band is, audience members at their lively shows can’t help but want to sing along, or dance. All of this together with tight vocal harmonies throughout makes Señor Fin’s live performances excitable and surprising. The band’s obvious, and some not so obvious, influences include The Beatles, The Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent, White Denim, as well as a lot of new and old jazz music, classical music, R&B, hip-hop, and soul.

“Underneath” the band’s first full length album took just over a year to record. With the help of friend and musician Sam Coronado and former Denonite Paul Whitney the album was recorded, produced, and mastered locally. From the lively, feel-good “Song to Fight the Beast’s” to the infectious and hard rocking “Stone Soup” and down to the heartwarming “Try to Find Jesus”: this album is a complex work spanning genres and moods.

Señor Fin has enjoyed fast and widespread success in the Denton community, performing at private house shows and public venues alike. Since the release of their album the group has been as busy as ever, filling their schedule with more crowded and vivacious house shows and mini-tours to the DFW, Waco, and Austin Areas.

“Underneath” is available at a name-your-own price directly from the Señor Fin website, as well as on iTunes and Spotify.

Señor Fin is scheduled to appear next at The Prophet Bar in Dallas on Feb. 6th

What is The Denton Localite?

I am beginning to write reviews and descriptions for local artist’s recorded and live music to be uploaded here. If you or your band would like to be featured contact me! I would love to sit in on a rehearsal or attend your live show. You can get a hold of me on fb or at dentonlocalite@gmail.com.

Coming Soon to The Denton Localite:  Señor FínDome DwellersSacco and Vanzetti