Thursday, July 7, 2022

Let’s Hear It For The Dan Reed Network!

With Dan Reed Network‘s sixth studio album Let’s Hear It For The King out as of now, via Drakkar Entertainment, the band has added to their celebrations by releasing he official music video for the album’s title track. 

Filmed in Prague during the pandemic the video is the third in an episodic mini-series that the band have been releasing via their PatreonThe Stardate Collective where followers have already been introduced to the first two clips from the story.

“First and foremost, I am genuinely elated that the whole album is now out in the world for everyone to hear,” said Dan Reed. “A massive thank you to all of those who have pre-ordered this release and been so patient with the band during this time. Your support and tolerance during this most difficult of times has allowed the band to maintain hope that we’d finally reach this day; and here we are! Next stop, live shows!”

The song itself is a mind-bending heavy rock meets dubstep and funk crossover that sees the band at their heaviest yet most melodic simultaneously. Crushing guitars collide with huge sub drops, Latin percussion, synth swells/stabs and, yes, there are trumpets in the outro. All while delivering lush anthemic chorus melodies and lyrically asking real questions of the world.

Although not what the band grew to prominence for in the late 80s and early 90s, Reed himself sees this as a natural part of the band’s evolution.

“This whole record was about the band returning to its roots, not necessarily sonically, but in terms of value and driving force behind what we want to achieve. was always about forward thinking, progression, and challenging status quos. Musically and thematically, I think this song more than any other on the record encapsulates that.”

As for the accompanying music video, it is a clip from the short film written and directed by Reed of their storyline hero, King, played by Michael Abubakar, taking care of his nightly janitorial duties in the Supernova Cabaret Club, while the bar manager, Goldie, played by Dashi Stardust, dances off the stress at the end of a busy night.

The single comes ahead of the band’s Summer Escape UK tour dates, that you can read about here at RAMzine.

The new album dovetails with the band’s European Tour that includes a nine-date co-headline UK run with Reckless Love featuring special guests Collateral in August and September, plus headline shows in Sweden, Norway, Belgium, and Germany. And you can read about those here at RAMzine.

On Let’s Hear If For The King, Dan Reed Network return with a collection of their distinctive brand of exhilarating rock, funk, and soul.  The highly anticipated sixth studio album is their first since 2018’s Origins album.

Let’s Hear It For The King
 comes full circle to the band’s original vision statement – to challenge beliefs, smash down existing protocol, and build something new out of the shrapnel.

“This is the heaviest, funkiest and most melodic DRN album to date,” said Reed. “These songs are the strongest representation of the band’s sound that we’ve ever created. You have been warned!” 

Previously, the band released the single ‘Homegrown’ and that can still be streamed here and you can also check out the official video for that one right here at RAMzine.

Let’s Hear It For The King is available to pre-order from here, tickets for all Dan Reed Network concerts are available here, and for about their PatreonThe Stardate Collective go here.

Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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