Dove Load releases first CD

Dove Load releases first CD

By Lisa Palmeno

By Lisa Palmeno

Staff Writer

Rockford rockers Dove Load recently recorded their first CD The Protein Years at the Noise Chamber. Led by a female lead guitarist/singer, Wendy Lichty, the 3-piece band has been together, kicking out powerful energy tunes since 1998.

The members who describe themselves as a “much-needed relief from today’s ‘anger rock’” have been playing mainly local venues such as Big Cities, Club 505 and Leisure Tyme. The year 2001 has been a good one for them. They have four originals and one cover (“Get It While You Can”) on their first professional release, and they are beginning to tour other parts of the country.

Drummer Jeff Werckle played in Nebraska over the summer with Geneva Red and the Roadsters and then with Red and Floyd Murphy in Birmingham, Ala. in February. He has performed with Phil Guy and John Primer and locally with Steve Ditzell and Blue Lightning, Pistol Pete, Dan Voll, Brother K (whom he’ll appear with at Big Cities on April 5) and Bea Brady. Bassist Karl Ropp also plays with The Snaggs, and Lichty plays drums with Special Ed and all-girl band Dickless.

Dove Load has gigs booked in LaSalle, Ill. and Minneapolis, Minn. for the spring in addition to their upcoming show at Big Cities on April 12.

Heartfelt lyrics and a sense of emotional maturity support songs that explore the ups and downs of of life, love and friendship. “Middle Ground” is a story of love gone awry, while “Just Know” was written by Lichty for a friend’s wedding. While they may be trying to avoid the angst of mainstream rock, their songs, hard, heavy and to the point, still depict the pain of youth and life’s lessons.

Although the timing on the CD is just a little bit off, and the mix tends to hide the vocals at times, the production quality is clean with nice tones overall. This one is definitely worth listening to more than once.

Dove Load fans can find information on the band, upcoming shows and purchasing The Protein Years by calling (815)229-6787 or visit www.doveload.com.

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