Dub Thompson

9 Songs (Dead Oceans)

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“Most everyone who’s in a group who’s our age lives on the Internet,” says 19-year old guitarist MattPulos, one of the two core members of Dub Thompson. “The kinds of things that have shaped our band aren’t anchored to any one time or place.” Pulos and his bandmate, drummer Evan Laffer, are putting that line of thought to the test; their musical influences travel from the Midwestern malaise of Big Black and Pere Ubu, to Kraut pioneers Can and Kraftwerk, while bowing to the British belligerence of The Fall and This Heat.


Recorded last August while living with Jonathan Rado of Foxygen at his rented house in Bloomington, the first collection of Dub Thompson songs slyly unties the shoes of genre and convention, shapeshifts mischievously, and tramples on the promises delivered on the name itself. Intense blasts of hook-filled noise rock, rocksteady marionette stomp, hypnotic bouts of doomy poetics, outlandishly sexy groove rock, and a number of other bite-sized forays into parts unknown are made manifest across 9 Songs.


The vibes are strong here. Pulos sings and plays like he’s working out long-standing grudges, pulling the most sinewy tones from an acoustic guitar and ripping huge chunks of demon flesh out of his electric. Laffer matches him step for step on the drums, an exacting presence behind the kit who pushes even the band’s more placid moments into bouts of tension. Together they succeed in animating their musical ideas to startling, almost unnatural life.


Dub Thomspon’s debut album, 9 Songs, is out June 10th on Dead Oceans. New Yorkers can see them live in April and more dates across the country will be announced in the months to come.