decker’s music is as expansive as the desert surrounding the band’s home in Sedona, Arizona: a bit desolate, with shifting moods, at times sparse and eerie, while others surprisingly beautiful and comforting.
With last year’s well-received release of the more musically explorative 4th studio album Slider, decker. fully realized the band’s unique sound. Drawing on the folk songwritings of yesteryear, the music is lyrically, vocally and emotionally driven with melodic and psychedelic undertones making it something quite more than what one typically calls folk. All parts together, decker. is soulful, desert rock.
Having recently shared the stage with bands such as The Local Natives, Dr. Dog, Deer Tick and Keller Williams, after repeat appearances in festivals such as SxSW in Austin and Arizona’s McDowell Mountain Musical Festival, with four albums to the name and growing underground attention, decker. now seeks to expand into new territory. Building on the sounds of Slider, the band is currently writing and recording a follow-up EP. Patsy will be released in summer of 2014 concurrent with several support tour dates.
“The band’s intensity, its ability to tap into spooky Old Testament terror as well as pastoral Verde River amble, is what sets it apart from the ever-crowded indie folk populace.” - Jason Woodbury, Phoenix New Times
“From start to finish, decker’s very distinct sound feels tailor-made for a Coen Bros. Western. Dark, atmospheric and uncomfortably honest, this type of balladry is a rarity among modern folk offerings.” - Heidi Drockelman, Indie-Music.com
“his music; which is as romantic, dramatic, intense, primitive and harrowing as a birth in a kitchen in Arizona…Broken Belts, Broken Bones creates its own furrow somewhere between Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska and Gillian Welch’s Time (The Revelator) with mandolins, sparse accompaniment, narcotic tempos and stray harmonies.” - Warren McQuiston, Performer Magazine
“Decker has rendered something raw and unforgettable, allowing what often begins as a simple acoustic foundation to explode into something bigger with the added diversity of both solos and duets. Eventually Slider gets under your skin and stays there; moody, melodic and mesmerizing.” – Richard Becker, Liquid[Hip]
”I feel that decker. does for folk what The White Stripes did for delta-blues… it’s an excellent modernization of a genre.” - Shane Hunt, Ampkicker.com
“Cryptic and tinged with darkness, Slider is a desert gospel masterpiece and our winner for Album of the Year.” - Yab Yum Music & Arts
“Decker have managed to encompass typical folklore story-arcs and blend them with a nostalgic sound that is reminiscent of 90’s guitar rock, modernised and reinvented to the point whereby they sound both unique and familiar; a rare combination. ” - Aaron Bowen, Indie Music Reviewer Magazine
“While decker.’s sound covers more than a few bases, their lyrics are on a more straightforward track. Decker begs for honesty throughout the album, completely unashamed (and rightfully so).” - Rochelle Shipman, The Grateful Web
“Decker crafts dramatic, emotionally enveloping songs rendered all the more raw and powerful because they are acoustic-based.” - Dallas Morning News
“it seems decker. can’t be stopped” - Ana Anguiano, College Times
“They seamlessly take the melodies, harmonies and song structures of classic folk music and inject it with the sounds of vintage Haight-Ashbury psychedelia” - Jason Shoff, Echo Cloud
“by the time that ‘Blowhard‘ arrives, if you are not sold on some aspect of Slider or decker. in general, I would begin to question your positioning in the universe.” - Mitchell Hillman, Java Magazine
“the lasting impression of this CD is some of the most soul-baring songwriting you will ever hear” – Dan Engler, Kudos AZ
“He’s tattooed, mustached, and sincere.” - Flagstaff Live