Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dot Dash: Spark>Flame>Ember>Dash (2011)



Washington D.C's Dot Dash's "Spark>Flame>Ember>Dash" (already discussed on Willfully Obscure and Shotgun Solution) lay out their M.O. in the perfectly-titled "That Was Now This is Then." Which 'Then' this album evokes, of course is trickier to define, as each member bring different things to the mix. Guitarist/Singer Terry Banks (ex-Julie Ocean) is in charge of bringing the R.E.M.-ish pop melodies, which he never fails to do. The rhythm section, bassist Hunter Bennett (also ex-J.O.) and drummer Danny Ingram (who is ex of both DC hardcore band Youth Brigade and UK shoegazers Swervedriver!) bring a slower, more measured post-punk sensibility à la Joy Division. Finally, Bill Crandall, who was in highly-under-appreciated eighties American mod band Modest Proposal, brings a Weller-like guitar-power to the mix. When all these forces come together on rockers like "No Reverie" Dot Dash gives us a big kick in the now.




The Beautiful Music


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4 comments:

  1. CallPastorJerkfaceOctober 29, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    I loved all I heard of this record so, if I can find a physical copy of it, consider a sale made!

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  2. Thanks for this review - much appreciated.

    There is also another Dot Dash song you can get on our free label sampler here is the link - http://thebeautifulmusic.com/?page_id=230

    Wally

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  3. CPJ
    Glad I got to play you the whole thing!

    Anon
    Amen

    Wally
    You`re welcome - thanks for the extra link

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