EP Review: Ellis Dewald – ‘City Black’

Photo by Kyla Allison.

Words: Shannon-Lee Sloane – The Colourful Writer.

This weekend local Brisbane rock ‘n’ rollers Ellis Dewald kick off their EP Tour at Banshees Bar and Artspace in Ipswich and then hit Tomcat in Fortitude Valley. Ellis are one of those bands that every time I see them play live and they finish their set, I immediately look forward to their next live performance. With their heavy riffs, faultless vocals and super tight live performances, these guys are one of the hardest rocking local Brisbane bands around right now. Having been a fan from the early days I was extremely excited to get the chance to review their debut EP ‘City Black’ which was released this week.

Track one Brisbane Summer Storm is a short, sweet and perfectly crafted intro and first taste of an EP full of absolute bangers. Starting with a crack of thunder and delicately flowing into the deep and sexy vocal of front man Billy Boyle, you know you are in for an ear pleasing journey with ‘City Black’.

Rolling straight into track two, Fall has a real 70’s psychedelic feel especially towards the end of the song. It’s the longest track on the EP going for over 6 mins and yet somehow it still doesn’t seem long enough because it is just that good that I never really want it to end.

Track three is Hammer. This is one of those songs that if you’re familiar with the band the minute it starts, you recognise it, with that beat that hits straight away and sounds kind of like horses galloping towards you or something hammering into your head in the most pleasant way possible to be forever imprinted in there. Which is the kind of impact Ellis has as a whole on most people; they leave an imprint in your mind.

Track Four is Plated In Gold. This is a funkier tune that gets you grooving from the very first note. Even if you don’t like to dance or move at gigs, you will when you hear this one. The kind of track you could be listening to in the car and if you pulled up at the lights people would notice you grooving along because you just can’t help yourself.

Track Five, Head was released in November last year as the band’s debut single and it is well known and loved by fans. A stand out for me from the EP, it is easy to see why it was released as a single. The minute the drums kick in, it is recognisable and if you are familiar with the song it is an easy one to sing along to as well. Ellis really know how to write a song and this one is an absolute gem.

Track Six Light of Night starts off smooth and sexy and is a nice round up ending to the EP. The whole EP is brilliantly pieced together and flows well, every track is golden and I can’t wait for more releases from your mate Ellis. Also a mention must go to the ridiculously talented artist Anthony Hrymakowski known as Hyrma who created the artwork.

Photo by Elizabeth Sharpe of Ummagummamumma – Live Music Photography.

If you haven’t seen the guys live, I highly recommend you get yourself to one or both of their gigs this weekend. Ellis Dewald play Banshees Bar and Artspace this Friday night alongside Fox Company and then hit Tomcat on Saturday night with Fox Company, Bear Hunt and Mister Sister. The guys have also made it through to the Mojo Burning finals! GC Live wishes them all the best at getting through, we would love to see them join the amazing line up at Mojo Burning Festival this year! The tour continues on and has more shows to be announced. Check out Ellis’s Facebook page HERE for more details and to keep up to date on all things Ellis!

To listen to ‘City Black’ click HERE.


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