"Quick Fix Elixir" By Damage Therapy (Lexington, KY)/Hard Rock/Released July 2015
A wise man once said, “If you can’t do it live you can’t do it at all”. No matter how well a band writes or performs in studio, it means little unless that same quality can be brought to the stage in front of a live audience. And Lexington quartet Damage Therapy brings that quality with a high energy wall of sound.
Formed in 2009, Damage Therapy is comprised of drummer Tyler May, bassist Brandon Wright, guitarist Giuseppe “Pepe” Presutto, and vocalist Joshua Wright. With a combination of a frequent show schedule and sweat drenched, high energy live shows the band has become one of the more popular and well received rock acts in the Bluegrass.
Instrumentally, Damage Therapy plays loud, blues-tinged psychedelic rock. Long, extended jams are a common feature of the group’s music with Presutto’s bluesy guitar attack leading the charge. The rhythmic guitar solos balance out well with the groove of the rhythm section giving equal footing to all the instruments rather than an overload of six string showmanship. Even more distinct to DT’s sound is Joshua Wright’s vocal style. High toned, dramatic and occasionally shrill, Wright delivers every lyric with the fury of a fire and brimstone preacher.
Songs such as “The Fire” and “Coffin Not Made of Wood” showcase the band’s chemistry with each other with upbeat percussion and groove-centered guitar work melding together effortlessly. “The Fever” and “One Too Many” place the blues front and center with slower grooves and head nodding rhythms with Josh Wright’s vocal fury peppered over top. The aptly titled “Instrumentality” is perhaps the album’s most unique track. Instead of a focus on straight forward, hard rock riffs the band explores more atmospheric textures and song dynamics that build into a crescendo near the song’s end.
Quick Fix Elixir is a strong first full album release for Damage Therapy that borrows just enough influence from the rock of old, and infuses it with the energy of the youthful new. Their tried and true heavy blues stylings can appeal to a wide audience of young and old while providing enough of their own unique flavor to make a sound all their own.