Damiera is a band formed in Buffalo, New York in 2005. What makes them so interesting is that their skillful melding of math rock-inspired timings and riffing with the carefree attitude of a great pop punk band. I like to describe their debut record, M(US)IC (pronounced ‘Us In Music’), as the musical child of The Fall Of Troy and Piebald. The current Song Of The Week, “Immure,” is a perfect representation of this combination. The track rifles through a constantly shifting array of complex riffs and odd rhythms while remaining anchored by vocalist Dave Raymond’s punk rock yelp. More of a personal point than anything else, the instrumental break that begins at around 0:55 is one of the bounciest, coolest parts of any song I’ve ever heard. Indeed, the track bursts with innovative riffs, which lends Damiera a progressive rock feel; there is very little true repetition. However, they also embrace a verse-chorus structure. These two things sound as though they may be incompatible, but the genius of Damiera is that they make it work. Listen and decide for yourself.
September 15, 2011
Song Of The Week: “Immure” by Damiera