Washington D.C.s Dot Dash has released five albums over the last five years via indie The Beautiful Music. Their latest is Holly Garland, which is available as a free download here: http://dotdashdc.bandcamp.com/track/holly-garland.
Singer/guitarist Terry Banks was in St. Christopher and the Saturday People before teaming up with bassist Hunter Bennett in acclaimed indie-rock band Julie Ocean; guitarist Steve Hansgen played bass for hardcore legends Minor Threat and Government Issue, and then the mod group Modest Proposal; drummer Danny Ingram co-founded hardcore band Youth Brigade. Their music is a retro cocktail that recalls the yearning indie-pop of Sarah Records; the ’80s jangle of R.E.M., Orange Juice and other seminal college radio artists, and the tight, throbbing basslines and slashing guitars that evoke the Jam and the Clash.
Dot Dash has played shows with The B-52s, Tommy Keene, The Fleshtones, Ash, The Psychedelic Furs, The Chameleons, The Dickies, Hugh Cornwell, The Monochrome Set, Ian Hunter, Stiff Little Fingers, Glen Matlock, The Bats, Sylvain Sylvain, Wussy, Terry Malts, Urge Overkill, The Drums, The Trashcan Sinatras, Frankie Rose, The Clientele, Drivin’n’Cryin’, The Empty Hearts, Matt Pond PA, Moon Duo, Chris Stamey, Wax Idols, The Supersuckers, and lots of other rocking combos.
Ghettoblaster recently caught up with Banks to ask about his favorites of 2016. This is what he told us.
Blue Aeroplanes — Access All Areas (Demon)
Various Artists — Another Splash of Colour: New Psychedelia in Britain 1980-85 (Cherry Red box set)
Ash — Live @ Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington D.C., 10/4/16
X – Original Album Series
Miss Lonelyheart — Live @ NOLA, Frederick, Md., 8/6/16
The Prisoners — The Wisermiserdemelza + 7
The Prisoners — A Taste of Pink + 9
Tommy Keene – Showtunes II
Trashcan Sinatras — Wild Pendulum
Wax Idols — Live @ Songbyrd, Washington D.C., 6/8/16
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