THE DEPORTEES – The Birth Of Industry (own label DEP-001)

IndustryThe Deportees are a five piece band from the Aberdeen area and The Birth Of Industry is their debut album. They make a big, powerful sound full of pounding drums, crashing piano chords, organ, electric guitar and four-part harmonies.

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure this record out. The initial impression is that they want to be Runrig but any Scottish folk-rock band with a taste for anthemic songs will come across that way. Actually, it’s a very inaccurate comparison. The Deportees are much harder and, to my ear, lack sufficient light and shade. The opening track is the intriguing ‘This Man’ followed by the two singles, ‘A Single Truth’ and ‘I Lost Her To The Sea’. These three songs seem to be linked by the narrative of failed love or perhaps they are three stories linked to the Aberdeen coastline.

At this point I was hoping for a change of pace and it came with ‘North’, another song about cold weather, love and landscape featuring the line “there is evil in beautiful faces”. Lyricist Adam Keenan has the skill to grab your attention with a single line like that. There is subtlety in the song and even though it takes off into cinematic overload just before the end the band pull it back. ‘Shadow On The Summer’ starts off in the same manner but is quickly submerged with far too much going on. ‘The Woods’, which I particularly like, is in danger of going the same way.

There are some good songs here: ‘Industry’ and ‘Lessen The Load’ also stand out and Diarmaid O’Gallagher is an excellent lead vocalist but The Deportees do need to throttle back and let the words come through. Printing them in tiny letters under the tray doesn’t actually help.

Dai Jeffries

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The Deportees announce their debut album, The Birth Of Industry

The Deportees

Over three years in the making, the debut album from Aberdeen five piece The Deportees is now ready for release. The Birth Of Industry is out on 3rd November 2017.

Intended to channel a sense of place, The Birth Of Industry is heavily influenced by the unique terrain of the North East of Scotland. Conjuring images of pastoral beauty, in juxtaposition with stark industrial landscapes, it is an ambivalent love affair between five people and the place they call home. From the dark, melodic folk of ‘A Single Truth’ to the lilting instrumentation and soaring harmonies of ‘I Lost Her To The Sea’ and ‘The Woods’, the album is an eclectic collection of cinematic soundscapes, each fuelled by the sweeping baritone of frontman Diarmaid O’Gallagher.

Having formed in rural Aberdeenshire at the turn of the decade after all separately playing in other bands, The Deportees came together to pay homage to the timeless music that had influenced them as youngsters. With an emphasis on natural instrumentation as a platform for strong melodies and their signature four-part vocal harmonies, the band take influence from their Celtic roots, as much as Americana and the genre-defining folk-rock of the 1980s. Now, The Deportees are ready to unveil their unique blend of rich sounds to the world in the form of this impressive debut.

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