Who Is Dazzle Rebel?
UK 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, Punk Rock, Garage Rock 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, Ian Dury a greasy Hard Rocker and Lemmy a Funk Soul Brother.
With a punchy sound that rejects the overproduced, AI-injected nature of contemporary music, Dazzle Rebel instead infuses 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, 80s and 90s 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 heavily incorporates 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 that’s written for the enjoyment of the creator, not the critics. It’s music for rebels, outcasts and the windswept and interesting.
You may hear little bits of these in varying degrees throughout Dazzle Rebel’s music: David Bowie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Warren Zevon, Nirvana, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Skunk Anansie, Jamiroquai, Motorhead, The Wildhearts, The Stranglers, Sleaford Mods, Alice in Chains, The Clash, Weezer, Squeeze, Radiohead, Queen, CAKE, The Cult, Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Sugar Ray, Roxy Music, Fugazi, Green Day, Talking Heads.
Wanna know more? Here’s a brief outline of Dazzle Rebel’s musical career in his own words: History.
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