When your band is named Dub Thompson, a lot of people are likely to mistake you for some sort of electronica-based act. While the word “dub” has its origins in reggae music, its evolved over the last couple of decades to include trip hop, drum and bass, house music and most evidently, dubstep. Yet Dub Thompson are none of those things, though an occasional flash of reggae on a couple of tracks across their 9 Songs record at least give it some sort of implication. If you’ve never heard the band before, “Dograces” is as good of a place as any to start. It’s pure roughshod psychedelic post-punk, touching on everything from Can to Big Black to Liars. If it sounds like it was recorded in somebody’s house, that’s probably because it was. Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado helped to record and produce the album from a place he was renting in Indiana last summer. The music actually does bear a little resemblance to Foxygen’s playfully manic style, though a bit more unfocused and unpolished. Still, that shouldn’t preclude you from enjoying it’s oddities and charms, especially where a track like “No Time” is concerned. The reason why I’m bringing it up is because Dub Thompson will be playing a show in Chicago next Thursday, July 17th at The Burlington. They’re co-headlining with the band Ought, whose record More Than Any Other Day is considered by many (including myself) to be one of the year’s best so far. The track “Habit” is a highlight to be sure, very much reminiscent of Talking Heads or Television in their earliest days. Their sound is best described as art-punk, which is a catch-all for anything that’s like punk rock but just a touch weirder. While the album is cleaner and more focused than Dub Thompson’s, both bands give off a similar vibe and express similar emotions on their respective debuts. In the end, it also makes them great touring partners too. Their show at The Burlington should be a great, energetic and weird time, and I strongly encourage you to attend should you be in and around Chicago that evening. It starts at 9, tickets are only $8, and will sold at the door only. If you’d like to learn more about the show, go here. Now how about we get into your mid-week edition of Pick Your Poison? There’s some good tracks in this set from City Tribe, False-Heads, Flagship, Moxi and Neil Holyoak. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from BRONCHO, The History of Apple Pie, Lemonade, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Class of 2014 artist Saint Pepsi, and more.
BRONCHO – Class Historian
Charli XCX – Boom Clap (ASTR Remix)
Chet Faker – Gold (Flume Re-work)
The History of Apple Pie – Tame
Lemonade – Orchid Bloom
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Terrified
Saint Pepsi – Fiona Coyne