When the first few chords settle in your ears you get the feeling you are in for a melancholic ride, and in that, Dark Suburb does not disappoint. The singer, who is actually called The Singer, emotes singing of unrequited love. Dark Suburb insists on maintaining mystery. Members’ identities are kept under wraps – literally, as the group performs masked, reminiscent of the American heavy metal rock band, Slipknot.
Contrary to the controversial dark imagery Dark Suburb portrays and the mystery this Ghanaian alternative rock band enshrouds itself in, the rendition of Egobe comes across as an eclectic sultry ballad. There is a decent collaboration between the song-writing and the lyrics. The opening line of the chorus bears the weight of frustration as The Singer sings “The sugar daddy wey make you no get shame…” You, however, have to strain to catch certain words and phrases because the music tends to drown the vocals for the most part. You might also get the sense that the instrumentation is a lot of canned music but for the guitar work and the drums. This took away a bit from the honesty of the performance.
One gets the sense that the motivation of the song lies in the rejection any young man has suffered from that girl who required more than he could afford. There is a balance to the narrative, however, as The Singer belts out his expectations of an improved lifestyle one day. This is in keeping with the world view of Dark Suburb, “Hope is the one thing that keeps us going everyday through the difficulties that life presents.”
Is the song autobiographical? Stay tuned to this site to find out.
Egobe is the final single off of Dark Suburb’s upcoming album THE START LOOKS LIKE THE END. Delivered primarily in Pidgin English (the Nigerian-Ghanaian hybrid version), it is hard to commend or fault The Singer’s intonation simply because Pidgin can be largely without grammatical structure. The music does overwhelm the vocals somewhat, as I previously mentioned. Despite a seeming reluctance in the vocals, the song maintains a consistent tempo. The overall sound brings to mind Avril Lavigne’s I’m With You.
The rather flat range of The Singer’s delivery attests to the inexperience of the band. A guitar solo, which could have added colour to the audio landscape when the second chorus transitioned to the bridge, could have helped. Given these anomalies, the track could have been shorter than five minutes and redeemed the situation.
Nonetheless, the melancholy sucks you into the song and you get the feeling of being a big brother or sister eavesdropping on a heart-broken phone call. This reviewer could not find any information on the track credits for Egobe but the production was handled by someone who appreciates the elements of a good rock song. Not bad for a band fresh out of nappies. Dark Suburb formally launched its career in February, 2015. The rhythm adequately propelled the clashing emotions of lost love and determination to hope; the ancient catalysts of many great conquests. Will history repeat itself here?
This review was written by Bem Sar, who will be a regular guest reviewer and writer on AudioInferno.com. Bem Sar is a Nigerian singer/songwriter who specialises in a fusion of funk rock and chamber jazz. He has released 2 CDs, ‘For The Life of Me’ and ‘Raising Dust’, in 2005 and 2008 respectively. He was one of the pioneers of the new wave of rock music here in the country and is based in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, Abuja. Be sure to check out his music at cdbaby.com/cd/bemsar12.
“MY MUSIC IS LIKE RIDING A HORSE SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN.”– Bem Sar