Friday, 20 January 2017

Dot Dash - 555 ep 2017 (Pop, Power pop, Indie)

Wow, the guys from Washington DC pay for a round of five song ep 555. Five songs out of five albums in a period of five years. And it's all for free. It's highly recommended! I think most of you guys and gals know the band so that is not required to introduce the band. I let it do the crew of allmusic.com (lol)

When Washington, D.C.'s punky power pop act Julie Ocean split up, guitarist/singer Terry Banks and bassist Hunter Bennett gathered together a cast of highly pedigreed area players to form Dot Dash. Enlisting Danny Ingram on drums (formerly of projects as varied as teenage hardcore upstarts Youth Brigade and guitar manipulators Swervedriver) and Bill Crandall (formerly with the mod-pop band Modest Proposal) on guitar, the band began working on songs and playing sporadically around the D.C. area in the summer of 2010. The band took its name from a Wire song, but rather than leaning toward Wire's jagged, art-damaged punk, Dot Dash bore more similarities to the jangly, mod-inflected sounds of unofficial ringleader Terry Banks' former groups Glo-Worm and the Saturday People. The group continued to play out regularly around D.C., opening shows for Urge Overkill, the Trash Can Sinatras, and Chameleons Vox. The summer of 2011 saw the release of the band's first full-length endeavor, Spark>Flame>Ember>Ash, a 14-song collection recorded in three afternoons. They followed in 2012 with second album Winter Garden Light, and in 2013 with Half-Remembered Dream, their sound edging more and more toward polished indie pop with each release. Crandall departed the band sometime after the album surfaced, to be replaced soon after by former Government Issue and onetime Minor Threat member Steve Hansgen. The new lineup traveled to North Carolina for the recording of fourth album Earthquakes & Tidal Waves, working with former R.E.M. producer Mitch Easter. Their next album introduced a heavier, almost metallic sound as the band stripped away some studio sheen in favor of a more insistent approach. Produced by Missy Thangs, who also worked with Ex Hex, Searchlights was released in mid-2016.(Fred Thomas)

Here is the link for the ep: mp3vbr 
Okay folks, all the albums without exception are just great. You can find them on bandcamp here: Dot Dash

Cheers
           Frank

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