If regular rock music just isn’t cutting it for you these days, then Demi the Daredevil is a must for you. I don’t know if it’s the extra layer of mystery brought in by the vague and ominous scenes throughout the albums or just the sheer talent as a story teller that vocalist Jeff Azar brings to the music, but the album Secret Schizoid is too entrancing to turn off.
There are only seven tracks that make up Secret Schizoid, and one of them is just a 30 second interlude. Yet Jeff has managed to create a complete and cohesive work of art. The 22 minutes of music on the album could easily blend as one long song if he chose to do that. Each track flows seamlessly into the next.
As the title of the album suggests, it’s also clear that this story’s protagonist is going through a journey of self discovery. With lyrics from the opening track, “Change Me,” like “My soul shut down. To be of value, I’ve got to know myself. I need to be alive,” the character that Jeff has created is clearly in search of something. This journey continues throughout the entire album. In “Art of Relax,” Jeff takes a more melodic twist but his lyrics are in no way more lifting. He continues alluding to various forms of neuroses like vertigo, going crazy, and having general disorders and obsessions. The music video created for this track does a great job portraying the love of theater Jeff has while also portraying a person trying to get their life together. If you can’t identify with this music video, then you are clearly much more put together than I could ever be. Throughout even the last track of Secret Schizoid, Jeff is singing about being a foreigner in “Save the Jovian,” a track in reference to the aliens of Jupiter.
Despite the struggle in a lack of identity and purpose that Demi the Daredevil portrays in Secret Schizoid, Jeff keeps the journey fun and captivating. When he first described the music to me, he assured me that I would be a fan as long as I enjoyed My Chemical Romance and Panic! at the Disco. I was a bit weary at first, but I ended up being won over rather quickly. The theatrical aspects that Jeff incorporates into the music is definitely reminiscent of Panic’s A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out and MCR’s concept album The Black Parade. Demi the Daredevil is making an appearance here in Houston at The Satellite Bar on January 28th, and I’m excited to see how they live up to their theater vibes in a live setting.
Let me know what you guys think of Demi the Daredevil! Do they remind you of MCR and PATD, too? Or is that just me? Also, defs let me know if you’re gonna be at The Satellite Bar on January 28th! I’d love to come and say hi!