Dummy announce new Dumb EPs compilation album

By July 25, 2022 Culture, News

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

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.

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.

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.”

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.

“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 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 and EU tour dates in September and October:

September 8 – Hamburg, DE – Aalhaus
September 9 – Aarhus, DK – Studenterhuset
September 11 – Goteborg, SE – Andra Langgatans Skivhandel
September 12 – Stockholm, SE – Melodybox
September 14 – Malmo, SE – Plan B
September 15 – Berlin, DE – Schokoladen
September 17 – Halle, DE – Huhnermanhatta
September 18 – Koln, DE – Buman & Sohnn
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
September 25 – Amsterdam, NL – Indiestadt Festival
September 26 – Rotterdam, NL – V11
September 27 – Luxembourg, LUX – Rotondes
September 28 – Colmar, FR – Le Grillen
September 29 – Paris, FR – L’International
September 30 – Rennes, FR – L’antipode
October 1 – Toulouse, FR – Le Ravelin
October 2 – Donosti, ES – Dabadaba
October 4 – Barcelona, ES – Sala Upload
October 5 – Lyon, FR – Le Sonic
October 7 – Como, IT – Joshua Blues
October 8 – Baden, CH – One and One Day of a Million


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