‘Girl Walked Out of Town‘ is not only the second single taken from Dennis Hopper Choppers new album Be Ready, it is also an impressive and intriguing invitation into the band’s wider sound and perfect doorway to said acclaimed album. The track is an ambient delight in that it instils the feeling of a dusty western setting as well as the passion fuelled emotion from a deep personal belief and determination. Three and a half minutes it maybe in length but it plays with an epic attitude and giant sound to reach far beyond the ear.
Dennis Hopper Choppers is the creation of English singer songwriter Ben Nicholls whose love affair with music started as a child. The bio on the band’s website states as a twelve year old he discovered the strikingly different sounds to what his friends were listening to, in the likes of Johnny Cash, Charlie Feathers, The Cramps, Sonny Burgess, and Link Wray. Listening to ‘Girl Walked Out of Town‘ it is no surprise as all of those in some degree can be heard in the tune, as can the likes of Nick Cave and Scott Walker. Do not make the mistake of thinking the song is a simple blend of recognisable flavours for it is a truly unique and stirring sound that sparks up the senses and enflames the heart.
The musical journey of Nicholls is interesting and a testament to determination and developing ideas as they are inspired, the beginnings of the Dennis Hopper Choppers project becoming more concrete as influences and situations played their hand. Skip over to the website http://www.dennishopperchoppers.com sometime for the full story and a glimpse into the man who has come up with this special impressive piece of music.
‘Girl Walked Out of Town‘ begins with a dramatic and ear grabbing guitar crash strumming and drum beating eruption, a climax before the song virtually gets going. The song then relaxes into a melodic sway as the emotive voice of Nicholls expels a story of the heart. The dramatic thrusts return to alternate with the emotional caresses, like big rampant peaks bursting into the ear. There is a pulsating urgency throughout driving the song and even in the subdued parts the eagerness to pass on its contents is constant. The end of the song is as notable as the start as the song simply evaporates away leaving thoughts and its western ambient touches swirling around the senses.
The song is only a few steps from wearing its mariachi sombrero, the Latin folk tones of the single helping to work up the pulse rate. As with the album the song is produced by Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode, Blur) and there is an obvious understanding that helps the touches and distinct emotions from all aspects of the song to strongly and effectively play upon and within the listener. It is a classic and what will be for a great many the perfect doorway to the musical world and sounds of Dennis Hopper Choppers.