Who Is Dazzle Rebel?
Singer-songwriter Dazzle Rebel is brazenly leading a new Fringe Rock movement with musical creations forged in a furnace and tempered with icy lyrics. Part avant-garde songsmith twisting together elements of Post-Punk, New Wave, Grunge and Alternative Rock. Part renaissance songwriter with compelling and often off-beat lyrics. He tells stories filled with social commentary, political satire, heartfelt introspective and a healthy dose of dark humour. It’s a sound from an alternative dimension where David Bowie was a Punk and Warren Zevon played Hard Rock.
He cut his teeth, as many do in dingy local pubs and basement bars. Storm-seasoned as a performer with non-stop touring in the now-defunct Sleaze Rock band Red Star Rebels. He would continue to hone his skills with underground rockers New Generation Superstars before striking out on his own. Fiercely self-sufficient he is on a passionate crusade to cultivate a scene that relishes the idiosyncrasy of independent artists.
With a punchy, stripped-back sound that rejects the overproduced nature of contemporary music, Dazzle Rebel instead injects his recordings with as much humanity and soul as he can muster. Looking back to move forward, he regards the noise made by alternative musicians in the 70s and 80s as a golden era of musical inspiration. His creative vision combines the old with the new. The payoff is a sound that sits on the edge of modern music. It’s what he calls Fringe Rock.
So what is Fringe Rock anyway? In essence, it is a sound that neither falls into the New Wave Of Classic Rock nor any other modern niche. It isn’t outlandish and over-bloated like Prog-Rock and it isn’t polished and commercial like Modern Contemporary. It mixes elements from many different genres but doesn’t fit neatly into a prescribed corner. It’s a square peg in a round hole. Dazzle Rebel 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 even try to bother the mainstream. It’s music for rebels, outcasts and the windswept and interesting.
Wanna know more? Here’s a brief outline of Dazzle Rebel’s musical career in his own words: History.
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