Derin Dow | Retroactive

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Retroactive

by Derin Dow

Melodic classic rock inspired by the late 70s/early 80s era, blending heavy and mellow vibes, with soaring vocals, blazing guitar solos, and extended jamming along the lines of early Foreigner, Van Halen, Kansas, Styx, Doobie Bros, REO, Ambrosia, etc..
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Friday
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2. Signature
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3. Door To Your Heart
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4. Lower The Boom (instrumental)
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5. Right Side Of The Road
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6. Runnin' To Win
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7. River Of Time
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8. Inside
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9. Slave Train
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10. Highways
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11. Passage
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12. I Do Love You
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13. Feelin' Free (instrumental)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Derin Dow is a rock vocalist, guitarist/bassist, and songwriter in Los Angeles. He and his band perform in the southern California area, and have opened shows for Asia (w/John Payne), Shaw-Blades, Ambrosia, and Eric Johnson at venues such as the House of Blues (Sunset), the Key Club, and the Brixton South Bay.

Originally from Madison, Indiana, Derin started out as the lead guitarist in a high school cover band called Aura (1981-88). He moved to Los Angeles in 1989, and later became a bassist/vocalist in various L.A.-based bands, among them 4-Life and the Waifs. In 1992, he fronted a prog band called The Unknown in collaboration with guitarist Mark Keller. In addition to writing, recording, and performing with bands, he has also co-composed the music scores for three independent films.

On his 2005 solo release RETROACTIVE, Derin delivers 13 original songs, featuring hi-energy rockers like "Friday" and "Right Side Of The Road," spiritual cuts "Signature," "Runnin To Win" and "Highways," and the power ballads "Door To Your Heart" and "I Do Love You." Also included are the infectious tunes "Inside," "River Of Time," "Slave Train," and "Passage," along with two instrumentals - "Lower The Boom" and "Feelin' Free."

Self-produced by Dow, RETROACTIVE delivers a raw, 70's/80's sound that is almost live. The album is loaded with vocal harmonies, guitar solos, and some extended jamming, firmly planting it in the retro/classic rock genre. Guest musicians include guitarist Chris Pinnick, drummer Chet McCracken, keyboardists Jim Lang and Paul McDonald, bassist Paulo Gustavo, and guitarist Mark Keller.

Dow appears on his own independent label, Crapshoot Music, and is currently seeking management. He works by day as a school teacher in South L.A.

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Laura T Lynch of Kweevak.com

Timeless !
Dow's sound is classic yet contemporary. His thirteen-track CD spans the gamut from ballads to high octane rockers. Derin pens intelligent lyrics woven into musical tapestries that unfold in colorful guitar solos. Dow aims for a live sound on his record using few over dubs. Derin is a pro who surrounds himself with other veteran players, thus Retroactive is solid straight through. The CD opens strong with the energetic Friday. It has red hot guitar leads and thoughts that any overworked person can relate too. Yet the hook and more sizzling guitar licks set Derin and the listener free. Derin describes Highway as an opus that came from two different songs (a ballad and an instrumental). The track is expansive as the story of loss flows into innovative instrumentation and the chorus filled with rich spiritual imagery. Derin Dow is a multi-talented artist and Retroactive is timeless!

Steve Freeman

Inspirational blending of guitars and vocals - will make your whole day!
Cannot wait to see this tour! Retroactive is 70's album-oriented rock fast forward into 2005. From first song (Friday) to the last instrumental (Feelin' Free), Retroactive combines heavy guitar licks with beautiful harmonies. Definite influences of Kansas, Boston, Styx, and Foreigner, but no clone of those bands. This is an original work of art that rivals those band's best work!