Daughters of Fission @ Martini Ranch

The Daughters of Fission are a band in search of an identity. A web search offers mostly misleading information and even features former bassists who doubled on "assorted mumblings" and "screams." "There's a lot of information out there that's outdated," says drummer and lead vocalist Jason Prichard. "We're trying to deal with that." To update, bassist Sam Lersch has been a member for a few years, guitarist Justin Beemer a few months. Keyboardist Stephanie Dilk and guitarist John Banks still make up the band's core. As for the exact nature of Daughters' current sound, Pritchard seems at a loss to qualify it, as well. "We have a more focused sound, I think," he offers. "We'll do quite a bit of genre-hopping, but there are some common threads. But it's more focused, maybe, I guess. I don't know. It's still very big-sounding; very lush and epic soundscapes, I guess, that we create." Pritchard — who notes that a new album currently is in the works — says elements of jazz, reggae, and "Latin styles" are present, and prog rock and metal dominate in a loud and forceful, yet melodic, way. "It's kind of like that," he says. "It's a pretty big sound . . . I think." Yes, that much is true.


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