Wednesday, September 5, 2018

DC Post-Punk/Pop Band Dot Dash Return with Proto Retro Produced By Motion City Soundtrack Engineer Geoff Sanoff (The Beautiful Music)



Dot Dash are a Washington, DC-based trio, whose music seamlessly blends together Post-Punk, Jangle Pop, Avant Garde, Garage Rock, Power Pop, and standard Rock "N" Roll, amongst other assorted genres. Established around 2010, Dot Dash currently consists of Terry Banks on guitar & vocals, Hunter Bennett on bass, and Danny Ingram behind the drum kit; Dot Dash's members have previously played with the likes of Power-Pop-inclined Indie Rockers Julie Ocean, HarDCore pioneers Youth Brigade and The Untouchables, Indie-Poppers The Saturday People, Tree Fort Angst, Glo-Worm, and St. Christopher, as well as Swervedriver and Strange Boutique. Together, as Dot Dash, Terry, Hunter & Danny have played shows alongside The B-52's, Belle & Sebastian's Stevie Jackson, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Drums, Eternal Summers, Frankie Rose (ex-Dum Dum Girls,) Glen Matlock (ex-Sex Pistols,) Hugh Cornwell (ex-The Stranglers,) Ian Hunter (ex-Mott The Hoople,) Matt Pond PA, The Psychedelic Furs, Richard Lloyd (ex-Television,) Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Stiff Little Fingers, Swervedriver's Adam Franklin, Sylvain Sylvain (ex-New York Dolls,) Terry Malts, Urge Overkill, Wax Idols, Hardcore "founders" D.O.A. and oodles more.


Dot Dash have released a whopping 6 albums within just the past 7 years on Ottawa, Canada-based imprint The Beautiful Music; LP No.6, being their latest, Proto Retro, was recently recorded at Inner Ear Studios & The Bastille Recording Studio both located in Arlington, Virginia and was produced by Geoff Sanoff (A Perfect Circle, Fountains of Wayne, Secret Machines.) Dot Dash, themselves, have likened Proto Retro to The Jam, The Soft Boys, The Replacements, and Orange Juice and readily bill it as "taking a Poppier, Janglier direction, but one that retains the Punky, Garagey energy that has marked the band's previous releases." I would, however, personally compare Proto Retro to The Lemonheads' It's a shame about Ray, The Offspring, Franz Ferdinand channeling LCD Soundsystem, and The Witzard mainstays The Speedlights. I have to admit, I was "cold sent" a digital copy of Dot Dash's Proto Retro by guitarist Terry Banks a couple weeks ago and while this is my first exposure to the band's music... I'm thoroughly enjoying it and I hope you do, too! Dot Dash's Proto Retro is currently available to stream or download on their Bandcamp page, while CD Digipaks are available to purchase directly from The Beautiful Music's web-store.

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