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The Deli Philly’s January Record of the Month: Zeitgeist - Damn Right

Electro duo Damn Right offers listeners an introspective yet hopeful slew of anthems on their latest full-length Zeitgeist. Tom Bradel and John Fissinger’s synth-drenched ballads are a timely balm capable of easing the discomfort of winter’s chill.

Beginning with “Our Love Is Blue,” Damn Right’s LP opens with a question – do you believe in miracles” – which quickly blooms into a conversation of sorts, comprised of a series of musings that will make you examine how you define romance and attraction. Coupled with subtle licks of bass and polished vocals, “Our Love Is Blue” is a pragmatic love song with luminescent truth at its center. “Nan Man,” is a mellow yet passionate litany of emotion, enhanced by a delectably retro backbeat and confessional lines like “you know that I don’t know how to end it/I never really end it.”

The album’s title track “Zeitgeist” begins with enticing chords that evolve into a pop-drenched, lush melody. Paired with meditative lyricism, the track urges listeners to consider their mortality and the way time can alter one’s identity, while “The Calling” is a reflective homage to friendship and self-discovery. Reminiscent of Wild Nothing’s Life of Pause and/or Craft Spells’ Idle Labor, Damn Right’s ability to unpack their feelings without being overly sentimental makes the song not just enjoyable but also memorable. “Hawaiian Justice Part 1” and “Hawaiian Justice Part 2” feel like a tropical instrumental riff on Glass Candy’s  “Digital Versicolor,” meshed with the energetic pulse of College & Electric Youth’s “A Real Hero.” Both tracks set the tone for the rest of the album, which is comprised of dance-ready offerings, defined by swelling chords and throbbing drum machines.

“Sleep in the Stars” and “Wait for Me” are cinematic and satisfyingly rhythmic, with “This is Leather” being delectable, moody cut that will make you think of the ‘80s in the best of ways before giving way to the album’s brief yet gripping “Outro. As buzzing synth rises and falls alongside the delicate trill of birdsong, Damn Right manages to seamlessly bridge the gap between the natural world and the fabricated within seconds, ending Zeitgeist in a fashion that fully lives up to its namesake.  – Dianca London 

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New Damn Right Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

The duo of Damn Right recently shared its new full-length album Zeitgeist. Relaxing, electro-dance rhythms wash over you as a dream state emerges. Transporting listeners to a stress-free environment, the collection of tracks produces a refreshing reprieve. You can catch Tom Bradel and John Fissinger performing live next Friday, January 19 at MilkBoy, where they'll be celebrating the LP's release, with support from American Dinosaur and Greg D.

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New Track: "Our Love is Blue" - Damn Right

Zeitgeist, the forthcoming album from the duo of Tommy Bradel and Johnny Fissinger (a.k.a. Damn Right), will arrive this December. Featuring guitar work from Wes Schwartz (Grimace Federation), the record was produced by Jesse Miller (of Lotus), whom also contributed on bass. Its lead single, “Our Love is Blue,” operates from a shimmering, backend groove, as one envisions a tunnel toward the object of affection. Whimsical waves of sonics carry you further out, as the song drifts to its fading conclusion.

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Damn Right Album Release Show at Silk City May 28

Damn Right really surprised me earlier this year with the uber-infectious track “Halo,” which made an appearance in one of my new favorite shows Comedy Central’s Broad City. The group has been making an effort to shed its jamband persona for an indie-electro sound that's more reminiscent of acts like Tycho and Caribou, which is apparent on the band's latest full-length album Frozen Sun. Damn Right will be celebrating its release this evening at Silk City where they'll be joined by fellow locals Sun Cinema and Crouse. Silk City, 435 Spring Garden St., 9pm, $7, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

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Free Download: "Halo" - Damn Right

Since the weather has been warming up, we've been catching a little spring fever so we wanted to start the week off on a fun, upbeat note. Damn Right, who have been shifting from an electronic jam-band sound to more of an electro-pop feel, recently received some TV time on Comedy Central's Broad City (a most excellent show that you should be checking out) with their latest single, "Halo," which is available for streaming and free download below. Just press play, and you have our permission to bop through the rest of your workday.

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