A clip from Deccatree’s bio: “The band Deccatree is about this symbiotic
relationship of people, we all affect each other in one way or another but when
it’s just right it feels like home.” Basically, if you listen to the band’s
debut, Battle of Life, it does feel like home. This band combines dreamy
melodic pop with classic elements of an era gone by, or in this case like a
modern day E.L.O. It’s almost like comfort food for the ears, and a pretty good
The opening track, “Belong,” has orchestral type keyboard and the guitar/vocal
punch that I would associate with the band Tonic. “You Are” has an E.L.O. meets
Radiohead thing going on, and if that seems odd, let’s just say it’s a really
cool song. “Shallow” starts out slowly but morphs into a dissident chorus that
is somehow compelling. Songs like “Alone” and “Tonight” follow that same
formula, and therein lies the one knock I have. It all starts to sound the same
after a while. What the song “Father” does to break up that formula, it lacks in
a consistent melody.
This is a decent debut for Deccatree, slickly produced and with some good songs
that sound downright familiar even though you may not have heard them before.
That might be good and bad, but mostly for these guys, it’s a place to start.
Fans of anything in the alt-pop/rock category will find something they like
about this band.