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IMPRINT Review | THE DOSE – “Tart”

Written By | Joshua Habtwold

Los Angeles-based grunge duo The Dose (Indio Downey on vocals/guitar and Ralph Alexander on drums) recently released the music video for one of their latest songs “Tart”, which recollects a variety of clips from throughout their time on touring. Over the course of the past year, they’ve been covered by Consequence of Sound, Billboard, Guitar World, Loudwire and more. They’re putting the finishing touches on their full-length debut, which was produced by Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool). They’re managed by Joel and Benji Madden’s company, MDDN.

At the beginning of the video, Downey starts off by saying: “Tour is so fun! I had a great time!”; from that, it starts off with more of a nostalgic grunge vibe with a dark, colorful video palette and it recollects the lead singing the song from city to city. It also shows Alexander drumming from clip to clip, as well as the experiences that they deal with while touring. It also incorporates certain clips of their fans singing their songs, including the one for “Tart”.  In terms of the song, Downey had much more of a silent yet raspy voice, but it has more of an interesting sound since it is much similar of comparing his vocals to the likes of Kurt Cobain and Scott Weiland. Throughout the video, the vocals were softer at the beginning but arose at the middle. In terms of the instrumentation, the guitar sound was much more radiant and brings positive energy from stanza to stanza. The song finalized with the guitar solo, which brought much of a mixture between country rock and world rock.

For our final thoughts, it is definitely a radiant track that is much recommended if you are looking for that grunge feel. It is also an amazing song that holds down with a vibrant music video, which is definitely recommended. The band just toured the U.S. with Good Charlotte and shared the stage with the likes of Deftones, System of A Down and more on the Aftershock and Louder Than Life Festivals. Next up they’re going to Europe with Good Charlotte.

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