About Dazzle Rebel

About Dazzle Rebel

With his musical creations forged in a furnace and tempered with icy lyrics, singer-songwriter Dazzle Rebel is leading the Nottingham Fringe Rock movement. Part avant-garde songsmith combining post-punk, alternative rock, grunge and art-rock. Part renaissance songwriter with compelling and often off-beat stories. His lyrics often touch on social commentary, political satire and a heartfelt introspective along with a healthy dose of dark humour.

Fiercely independent and with a devil-may-care approach to songwriting, he takes the early sounds of post-punk and sharpens them with a grungy hard rock edge. He is on a mission to prove that you don’t have to produce cookie-cutter gourmet rock in order to create compelling guitar-based music. It’s music for rebellious souls seeking a raw and exhilarating alternative to highly polished Pop-Punk and cliched Alt-Rock.

Existing outside of conventional time and space, Dazzle Rebel refuses to follow five-minute trends. His sound is heavily influenced by the diversity of early Post-Punk and New Wave along with distinctive Grunge and Alternative Rock acts such as Alice in Chains, CAKE and Skunk Anansie. Among his many musical idols, brave legends that dared to colour outside of the lines sit pride of place. Artists such as David Bowie, David Byrne and Warren Zevon are his champions. He lives by the mantra “don’t follow, lead”.

He was a founding member and Bass Guitarist for the London-based sleaze rock band Red Star Rebels and a former bass player for underdog Leicester rockers New Generation Superstars. For more than a decade he has been based in Nottingham, a city he fell in love with when touring the UK with his former bands. From this adopted hometown he has been surprising seasoned journalists with his homemade music recorded in his attic, with Planet Mosh giving a glowing 5-star review of his EP Condor Leader.

Dazzle Rebel – 2022

What is Fringe Rock?

Fringe Rock is rock music that doesn’t fall neatly into any established genre of rock music. It isn’t outlandish and over-bloated like Prog-Rock and it isn’t as polished and commercial as Modern Contemporary Rock. It can mix elements from many different genres but doesn’t fit neatly into prescribed niches. It’s a square peg in a round hole. For Dazzle Rebel this often incorporates strong elements of Punk, Post-Punk, Grunge and New Wave mixed with an alternative 90s vibe and modern Pub Rock. It’s music with a strong DIY ethic that wears its heart on its sleeve and doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. It’s music for rebels, outcasts and the windswept and interesting.