While still a relatively young project, the Texas-based Dezorah carries the weight of an elder band in both its live rendition and recorded incarnation.
Drawing from the broad ether of post-hardcore and post-progressive rock, Dezorah blends a poly-rhythmic musical foundation built with distorted guitar riffs — that shift speed and direction with math-rock sensibilities — with the steady, elegant soprano of frontwoman Danica Salazar.
Guitarist Eric Martinez and Salazar birthed the project in 2014 after moving to the border town of McAllen, Texas, at very southern tip of the state. The two began writing music in their apartment. Martinez and Salazar met other musicians in their new home, and played small sets with other bands.
In 2016, the project became fully realized with the addition of guitarist Jonathan Garza, drummer Trey Puga and bassist Daven Martinez. They’ve cut two EPs since then, 2016’s “Tierra Eterna,” and 2018’s “Creando Azul.”
On the latest EP, Salazar felt like she had come into her own as a vocalist. After singing in high school and performing in one musical in college, she took a five-year break from the microphone. Martinez persuaded her to try it out again, and the more she’s moved into the role, the more she’s found a home in the new creative outlet.
“It’s been so rewarding and cathartic,” Salazar said. “Just because, I had been wanting to sing for a long time and didn’t have the confidence to do it. Once we started writing, it just kind of came naturally. This was something I can do. It helped that Eric was helping me: ‘Yeah, you can do this.’ It was really awesome. It’s very very rewarding. It feels natural. Especially for this new album, I think I found my voice a little more.”
Part of Dezorah’s short maturity rate lies in the band’s writing chemistry, a fully democratic and organic process that has evolved over the last two years.
“We all work together on it,” Salazar said. “We have a jam space at a storage unit. We just kind of all go in there and jam out and see what kind of riffs come out. It’s very organic. Once we like something, we start playing around with it. I start to come up with melodies.
"I try to record every single thing we do. That way I can listen to it and say, this is a good part. Everyone puts their instrument into place. It’s amazing how it all turns out.”
Dezorah has loaded 2018 with tour dates. They are in the process of writing new material for a forthcoming debut album, and they recently contributed a new song to a compilation album. Catch their Savannah debut on June 20 at El-Rocko Lounge.
“Once we get a little more adjusted to the road, we’ll start processing and creating little riffs here and there,” Salazar said. “We definitely want to put out a full length. Hopefully within a year or two."