Photo by Erin Shaw
The Dazies began in a basement in Somerville, Massachusetts in 2013. M. Holland, a four-track wizard of sorts, had been writing lo-fi songs since he borrowed his first analog four-track at age fourteen. After years of writing songs, playing drums, producing, and hitting the road as a member of Tulsa (Park The Van Records) Mean Creek (Old Flame Records) and Trabants (Lollipop Records) — bands who toured with artists like Dr. Dog, The Whigs, Cloud Nothings, Ting Tings and more — Holland decided to venture out on his own, creating a one-man band that would allow him to explore what was truly inside of his head and his heart. The result is a sound that’s best described as high-energy, heart-on-sleeve punk rock: loud and sincere.
What began as a (mostly) solo project — with cameos from members of other Boston-area bands — eventually evolved into a duo with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Kurt Schneider, and then a trio, with drummer John Drislane. Over the course of two years, The Dazies recorded & released a series of EPs, working with producer David Minehan (The Replacements) on 2015’s Love/Joy EP and playing shows with bands like Parquet Courts, Gringo Star, and Two Cow Garage.
The band’s upcoming release, Hungover & Weird, has been a long time coming. Sessions for the six-track EP began in December 2014, with Holland and Schneider laying down songs that had been bouncing around Holland’s brain (and demoed on his phone), but had never before been performed in full. The sessions captured the raw energy of two friends playing honest and fun rock ’n’ roll without taking themselves too seriously. While its release was put on the back burner for awhile so that the duo could capitalize on other opportunities, they returned their focus to the collection of songs in 2016, eager to share it with fans. The EP’s title refers to the post-holiday cheer (and many drinks consumed) during the original 2014 recording session.
Today, the band premiere “Stuck,” which we recommend for fans of The Feelies, Descendents and Soul Asylum, for Ghettoblaster Magazine. Enjoy it below:
(Visit the band here: https://www.facebook.com/therealdazies/
Catch the band live here: 10/8: Allston, MA @ O’Briens Pub)
Photo by Erin Shaw