By Dan Brisebois

Toronto-based The DGB is a high-energy rock outfit that cites the likes of The Who, Hendrix, Zeppelin and a million other acts in that class as influences to their core sound. But the explosive fury and raw uplifting power that makes a room come alive comes from listening to Nirvanas, Green Days and the Pumpkins.

The band is made up brothers Daniel and John Greer, Jamie Robinson and Steve Jackett. They started in 2001, playing what they call “off the wall acoustic drone rock.” Over the years and albums since, the sound got louder, the songs got catchier, touring the country from coast to coast in the process. The crowds got crazier and the band matured and evolved.

Released in 2009, VICTORY SONG is the band’s fifth album – and a testament to their attitude that powerful, sing along choruses, a punk edge and danceable rhythms make a good mix. They came from the studio with a product that’s definitely radio quality, but still not too polished. From the opening riffs of the lead off “Savage,” the record still has the live sound that makes the songs so powerful.

“Perfect Crime,” Set Free,” and “No Mercy Here” are three of those classic riffs that hold up an otherwise ordinary song – highlighting The DGB’s music’s simplicity, making it among the most under-rated tracks on the album. “Get Out” just has one of those funky bluesy riffs that beg for a second listen – and the same can be said for “One Less Stranger.” The bass rhythms of “In Veins” drive the beat and are a direct testament to the band’s Nirvana influences.

Add the free spirit lyrics and attitude of tracks like “Free Your Soul” and “So Get,” and the inter-reflective “Alcohol,” and you have one of the most well-rounded albums of the year – testament to the band’s growth over the years and four previous albums. Tracks like “Fool’s Gold” and “Get Out” are anything but filler, and as a general statement, it’s hard to find a more ambitious or passionate group on the circuit, making VICTORY SONG well worth searching out.