Smile For Better Days –  Deep C Divers (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

fnglepjgebhaakgg_phixrNobody enjoys a pun and a bit of literary word play as much as I do. Well, except my brother-in-law, my neighbour and the guy who runs the shop at the end of my street. Okay, lots of people enjoy a pun as much as I do, but beyond the name Deep C Divers, there is also a lot to like musically too. Smile For Better Days is built on dexterous picked guitar cascades and smooth lead lines, a confident beat and a poetic and poignant vocal delivery.

You might describe their sound as mainstream rock with some infectious pop harmonies and accessible vibes, but mainstream doesn’t have to mean conformist, conservative (small c) or predictable and Deep C Divers make music which is none of those things. It may travel between familiar locations in the musical canon but it takes the scenic route as it does so. It is slick and brimming with sumptuous vocals, clever guitar work and deft penmanship which balances big crescendos and subtle, more minimalist passages with ease. As a calling card for the album Making Waves it is the perfect enticement to check out a full musical platter from the band. Lovely stuff…what more do you need?

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