With the Dahlmanns’ new swift, six song mini-album, I’ll get to the point as quickly as they do: ‘American Heartbeat’ is a brief shot of pure power-pop rock excellence. The idea behind the record is one of magical collaboration. Written and produced by Scandanavian rock ‘n’ roll dream team Bjorne Froberg (the Nomads) and Chips Kiesbye (Sator), the Dahlmanns are here giving it their own special delivery in one small, exciting package.
With the Sator vocalist and guitarist Chips Kiesbye behind the production work, the sound is predictably sharp and bold, perfectly capturing the lively edge of the songs and highlighting the pop sensibilities that are gloriously smothered all over them. The songs are expertly written and played, and are a must for anyone who loves their power pop just that bit punchy.
I have seen it written that they are a cross between the Ramones and the Go Go’s, and I can’t offer a better description than that. Here, rockers such as the roaring opener ‘Tomorrow Came Today’ and ‘Get it Right’ are destined to get your feet moving, while ‘I Know You Want Me Back’ and ‘It’s Still a Long Way Down’ add the extra bit of pop romanticism.
Either way, all six tracks bind together to produce a perfect Friday night album, and one which is a must-have for all fans of punk rock with a delightful power pop edge.
Author : Craggy Collyde