DUMMY – ” Dumb ” EPs

Posted: July 26, 2022 in MUSIC

We are excited to announce “Dumb” EPs, a vinyl-only compilation of the first two EPs by Los Angeles based band Dummy, which will be released via Sonic Cathedral on September 2nd.

After a tip-off from our friend Matt Wilkinson, we bought the “Dummy” EP from Bandcamp after its release by Maryland punk label Pop Wig back in May 2020 and then the follow-up, “EP2“, which came out in November of the same year via Chicago’s Born Yesterday Records. It was also through one of the band’s regular Bandcamp updates that we first heard Horsegirl and went on to release their first 7” single. Everything is connected.

Compiled together, the 11 tracks from the two EPs manage to show off all of the band’s broad range of influences – from Stereolab-style drone-pop to baroque psych, chamber folk, noisy shoegaze and Japanese ambient and new age – which have made them one of the most exciting new bands to come out of the US for years.

Anyway, since we agreed to give the previously tape and digital-only EPs their first outing on vinyl, the band went on to record their debut album, “Mandatory Enjoyment”, which came out via Trouble In Mind and was one of the finest releases of 2021 and they’ve just put out the excellent single ‘Mono Retriever’ through the Sub Pop Singles Club.

“We remain super proud of these EPs,” says the band’s Joe Trainor. “They were mostly self-recorded, and we were still discovering our sound and each other as a group. “Mandatory Enjoyment” wouldn’t sound the way it sounded if it weren’t for all the time and trial and error we spent on the EPs.”

Dummy has all the makings of a modern cult band” – Pitchfork

“Purveyors of absolutely blissful drone-pop” Post-Trash

“Like a scrappy, punch-drunk Stereolab or a blissed out, mantra-hypnotized Wire” – Aquarium Drunkard

Dummy are currently making waves touring the US with Horsegirl and Lifeguard and caused an inexplicable Twitter storm thanks to a Bandcamp tour diary by Mariana Timony where they shared their views on the importance of the music community and DIY culture.

After previous cancellations, they are “extremely hyped” to finally be playing the following UK tour dates in September :

September 20 – London, UK – Studio 9294
September 21 – Bristol, UK – The Lanes
September 22 – Brighton, UK – Komedia
September 23 – Leeds, UK – Headrow House
September 24 – Manchester, UK – YES

The 11 tracks have been especially remastered for vinyl by Simon Scott from Slowdive and will be available on translucent green vinyl or a Bandcamp-exclusive toxic yellow version.

Released on September 2nd

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