by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
Sometimes you forget why you do the things you do... it happens to us all. Occasionally you just need a reminder. For me and Post-Trash, I got that reminder a few weeks back when Dories sent me a stream of their upcoming album Outside Observer. Due out on May 31st, the Montreal quartet's latest record picks up where Stripped left off, mining the pop side of post-punk with angular stabs at jangly guitars and rhythms that often move against one another. There's an unflinching calm to the band's spastic charm as Dories manipulate complex shifts and progressions into something casual and inviting, the beauty of which lies in the sense that dissonance is always lurking just around the corner.
"Twin," the second single to be released from Outside Observer hit me immediately upon first listen. Built on a plodding bass line, the song is quickly swallowed whole with an all out caterwauling guitar attack, Dories drive the song into a panic from the onset, pummeling with repetition and an alarmingly hypnotic groove. This is the tangled and pulsating post-punk clamor dreams are made of. The frantic rhythms slide in and out under the vicious lead, pulling the song in perpetual motion as the band mount tension in the most glorious of ways.
Amazing new music... oh yeah, that's why we're doing this. Listen to Dories, you'll be happy you did. If you're in Canada, be sure to check them out on tour starting next week in Montreal (tour dates below).
5/31 - Montreal, QC @ Drones Club
6/03 - Quebec City, QC @ Le Scanner
6/04 - Fredrickton, NB @ ReNeu Boutique
6/05 - Halifax, NS @ Khyber
6/05 - Halifax, NS @ Mod Mansion
6/06 - St John, NB @ Callahan's
6/12 - Hamilton, ON
6/13 - London, ON @ Loft
6/14 - Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
6/15 - Guelph, ON
6/17 - Thunder Bay, ON @ Apollo Theatre
6/18 - Winnipeg, MB @ Windsor Hotel
6/19 - Saskatoon, SK
6/20 - Edmonton, AB @ The Almanac
6/21 - Medicine Hat, AB
6/22 - 6/25 - Calgary AB @ Sled Island
6/27 - Winnipeg, MB @ YES WAVE
6/29 - Sudbury, ON
Outside Observer is due out May 31st.