Are you heading to the Hamilton tonight to catch Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople fame? Then get to know your openers, the superbly-seasoned DC power-pop band Dot Dash. These musicians are vets of shoegaze and punk bands you’ve surely heard of, including Julie Ocean, Swervedriver, Glo-Worm and and Youth Brigade. This music video for “Flowers”, from their 2015 album Earthquakes & Tidal Waves, is charmingly lo-fi but subtly clever, so pay attention to the subliminal messages.
If you are into post-punk, you probably have all three excellent albums by Dot Dash on the Canadian label The Beautiful Music. If you aren’t quite sure what this post-punk sound is all about, A Light in the Distance (FREE download!) from Dot Dash’s latest album Half-Remembered Dream is a great place to start. Members of Dot Dash come from well-remembered bands Julie Ocean, The Saturday People on the Slumberland label, Swervedriver and Youth Brigade from Dischord. Check them out tonight at DC9 opening for hot newcomers Junior Prom.
We’re keeping up our roll of showcasing brand new music videos this week with the latest from rock band Dot Dash. Guitarist and singer Terry Banks is a veteran of many local bands including Julie Ocean, Tree Fort Angst and Glo-Worm with Black Tambourine’s Pam Berry. Their newest album, this year’s Winter Garden Light, perfectly blends pop hooks with post-punk style. From that album, here’s The Past Is Another Country.
DC music video of the day! Today we’ve got TWO videos, one for each night of the exciting Chickfactor 2012 Anniverary Show this weekend at the Artisphere in Rosslyn. First up is Dot Dash, a self-described post-punk pop band. They’re part of the Friday night lineup that includes Stevie Jackson from Belle & Sebastian, early Slumberland Records act Honey Bunch and Frankie Rose from Vivian Girls. Dot Dash’s video for Learn How To Fly comes from their 2011 album spark > flame > ember > ash, and the song is also available for free at their SoundCloud page!
Saturday’s lineup at the Chickfactor show is pretty amazing, including Kurt Heaseley from the Lilys, Fan Modine, local Slumberland act Lorelei and the big draw, the first performance in two decades from the influential twee pop band Black Tambourine. They didn’t put out much material when they were active, but what they did made a lasting impact on a lot of bands today. Their entire output comes on a single self-title release, recently re-released with some bonus demos and other ephemera. Check out the awesome Super-8 footage video from Black Tambourine’s 1990 WMUC gig playing “For Ex-Lovers Only”, and don’t miss this show Saturday night!