LOSING CONTROL SINGLE CAMPAIGN:
“Losing Control” #15 in CJIM Montreal Top 20 Indie Rock Songs of 2016
CBC SEARCHLIGHT CAMPAIGN:
“Not A Good Day” Top 25 finalist in 2014
“Silver & Gold” Top 10 finalist 2015
RADIO SINGLE CAMPAIGNS:
Rev U Up
What’s Wrong Today
Silver & Gold
Run Devil Run
“Together their powerful rock sound has caught the attention of many in Canada. D2UR has been building continued steam. Their song “Not a Good Day” placed top 25 in the 2014 CBC Searchlight competition. In 2015, “Silver & Gold” had a top 10 finish in the Canadian CBC Searchlight competition. In 2016 D2UR released a single in Canada called “Losing Control” featuring fiery slide guitar work that earned 15th place in the CJIM Montreal Independent Rock Countdown for 2016. The D2UR sound continued to develop through 2017’s Tic Toc album.”
By Keith Pro on IndieBandGuru.com
“It was great working with D2UR over the past two years! Our audience enjoyed their professional, energetic sets, even in the rain. Loved that they got to know Morden and made many friends here too.”
Cheryl Link, Administrator
Morden Corn & Apple Festival
“… just ‘face’ the truth, it’s ‘time’ for you to get your hands on Tic Toc.”
TIC TOC Review: FIREWORKS Magazine Issue #80 Oct-Dec 2017
D2UR (pronounced Detour) hail from Winnipeg, the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba, and features the powerful and mesmeric vocals of Diane Isbister, together with the hook-laden riffs of her husband Mike Isbister. ‘Tic Toc’ is D2UR’s second album, following on from 2013’s debut ‘Rev U Up’, and it features eleven original songs written by Mike Isbister, Diane Isbister and Howard Klopak (engineer on Glen Drover’s 2011 ‘Metalusion’ album – he also contributes keyboards). The three also produced the album and hats off to them for a great, rich sounding record.
Opening track and first single is the Honky-Tonk ‘Silver & Gold’ which sets out the stall and features special guest Leonard Shaw on keyboards. For ‘Tic Toc’, D2UR wanted a heavier sound than their debut and subsequently recruited drummer Brent Fitz (Slash, Alice Cooper) to give the album that extra kick. ‘Run Devil Run’ is one of the heavier tracks, as is ‘Losing Control’ which contains the epic line “I’m a funky love junkie monkey” it also allows Mike Isbister to let rip on the guitar.
The pace drops, but not the class, with the sultry ‘Things’ where Diane Isbister’s vocals become hypnotic; the song also features a great guitar solo. The tempo increases once again with the foot-tapping, Bluesy Rock ’n’ Roll of ‘St. Augustine’ and ‘That Kinda Day’. The quality remains excellent throughout, highlighted by ‘Piece of You’ which features Joey Landreth on slide guitar. ‘Who Sent You Here’ is another of the heavier tunes, as is ‘No Way’ which is the natural follow-up to ‘What’s Wrong Today?’ from the debut. The darker and atmospheric ‘Here Comes Trouble’ is another highlight, leaving the title track ‘Tic Toc’ to wrap up the album in a similar fashion to ‘When the Levee Breaks’ which concluded ‘Led Zeppelin IV’.
This is on of those independent albums that sounds more like a major label release. Fans of fellow Canadian Sass Jordan will be enamoured with Diane Isbister’s vocals. Don’t give it a “second” thought, or leave it a “minute” longer; just “face” the truth, it’s “time” for you to get your hands on ‘Tic Toc’.
TIC TOC Review: POWERPLAY Magazine Issue #203 November 2017
Canadian partnership D2UR (Detour – yeah, you see what they did there?) apparently started out as a covers band, but had their eye on higher things. And, since their debut album ‘Rev U Up’ (2013) they won Top 10 in the 2015 CBC Searchlight competition, improving on their Top 25 award in 2014. So what are they? Well, a pretty damn good rock ’n’ roll band!
Straight in with the no messing’, no frills ‘Silver & Gold’, it’s the Stones/Faces with a gritty Chrissie Hynde/Debby Harry vocal. ‘Run Devil Run’ is harder with a driving beat that makes you want to over-rev the engine, and ‘Losing Control’ is more Sheryl Crow than Chrissie Hyde, but pleasant enough. ‘Things’ slows things down, then ‘St. Augustine’ gets the party back in swing. Both go a little Fleetwood Mac with a hint of country, which works very well. ‘Piece of You’ follow a similar vein, as does the darker ‘Here Comes Trouble’. But there’s plenty of that solid Stones/Faces thang peppered throughout. ‘That Kinda Day’ and ‘No Way’ rock out, as does the edgier ‘Who Sent You Here?’. Then closer ‘Tic Toc’ rounds things off nicely with a nod to Heart. And it was all very enjoyable, thank you.
So, if you like your rock rare to medium with a tangy side salad, then this is for you. And you won’t need pudding–it’s all rather satisfying.