As a band, Dexters draw on a range of sounds and influences you wouldn’t necessarily associate with a young, blue collar band, formed 2012. Captain Beefheart and Robert Johnson are name checked, while more contemporary influences can also be seen in songs like ‘Conscience Calls’ – which tips its hat to Jamie T – and their superb, flagship tune ‘Start To Run’, a song in homage to losing touch with an old friend, which has a pulsating, breakneck urgency in the style of a bastard child spawned from a threesome with the clash, Jamie T, and The Jam after a debauched night of cocktails and high octane fun.
What’s refreshing about Dexters’ sound is that it can’t be easily pigeon-holed but the band don’t shy away from influences, marvelling at the melodies of The La’s, or even emulating the sheer punk, visceral aggression of The Clash or The Specials onstage.
“Lyrically we look to Ray Davies and The Kinks. Our songs are stories and tales. That’s so important to us,” remarks the band’s wordsmith Tom. Telling each other stories is something that the band thrive on and this is clearly reflected in their work.
“My Dad used to play the harmonica in blues bands around the East End, just in spit and sawdust pubs. I used to follow him about and sit on the side of the stage, watching him with a bottle of coke in my hand and a packet of crisps. I loved it. Afterwards I’d sit next to my dad and listen to him and the band talking about Leadbelly and Howlin’ Wolf and old gigs that they played,” remarks Tom, whose musical sensibilities have clearly been informed by these early exchanges and fuelled the aggressive and heartfelt tone of his own songs.
Another innate value, which is firmly fixed in the band, is confidence and desire. Dexters are set to walk the walk they’ve been talking about thus far in the autumn of this year, and they can’t wait to showcase themselves as a thrilling and rampant force.
“The time is right for Dexters,” says Tom. “We hear it everywhere we go that people are ready for a band with big tunes and a proper energetic live show. I believe we are the band that they are waiting for.”
With sold out shows all around the UK under their belt, their music used for The Sun’s World Cup TV campaign and Sky Sports and ITV regularly, their first German & Swiss headline tour (October 2014), signing a publishing deal, picking up fans and support wherever they play or indeed drink; their music and attitude is infectious.
East London 4-piece, Dexters release their second album ‘We Paid For Blood’ today. The band have spent the last few years consistently touring, therefore evolving their sound whilst still maintaining a raw power and melody.
The second album, which is the follow up to the 2013 album ‘Shimmers Gold,’ takes influences from the political situation of 2015. Lead vocalist, Tom Rowlett, uses these issues lyrically to enhance the record sparked by the loss of his fathers job, forcing him to leave London. For Rowlett this signified everything that was wrong in modern Britain: property bubbles and gentrification forcing out the local working classes, a government that doesn’t care.
These issues were brought together to create an album of defiance, that’s lived a life and fought for a future. ‘’There’s a message, there’s a social conscience, reacting to the sh*t that’s happening around us. We love music, being on tour, playing to our fans and getting away from the boring side of life.’
With a great reception and huge crowds at the Isle Of Wight Festival and a few other summer festival appearances, the band get ready for a very busy end of 2015 with their month-long UK Tour which starts in November.
Start To Run
Never A Right Time
The Hard Way
Worth Your While
Why Seal Your Fate?
She’s Your Girl
Suburban Sex Dungeon
Your Lovely Wife
These Nights Were Made For Us
We Paid For Blood
Her Disappearing Act
You Deserve The World