In the early 2Ks, Dallas rockers The Deathray Davies seemed destined to be as prolific as Guided By Voices. Leader John Dufilho had a knack for writing poppy rockers with catchy melodies. Yet in 2005, after five albums, the band simply disappeared. But he never really went away. Instead, he took to working with others, most notably The Apples In Stereo, and in recent years has had a number of other bands. So we were thrilled to hear that the band was back, releasing its first new material in fifteen long years. Thankfully, “Then You Met Me” doesn’t disappoint at all. It’s catchy, New Wave-inspired power pop, reminding us of the better moments of Weezer and especially of the underrated Imperial Teen. If this is a one-off or a hint of things to come in 2021, it matters not. We’re enjoying this return for what it is and will savor this sizzle until the next one comes.
Purchase The Deathray Davies’ “Then You Met Me”: We Know Better