Dot Dash are a pop punk band from Washington D.C. that lean heavily on the pop side of the spectrum. By pop, I mean bands like The Jam and Beach Boys more than the typical pop punk of Fall Out Boy and New Found Glory. The band features former members of Minor Threat, Swervedriver, Youth Brigade, and Julie Ocean.
Their latest album, Earthquakes & Tidal Waves (produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr, Wilco)), is a collection perfectly crafted edgy pop songs. It's like a less polished or jokey Fountains of Wayne, even though "Flowers" does reference the Harlem Shake. It's the sort of album that used to be released in the spring in preparation for releasing the perfect summer song. This entire album can be an ideal summer album for you this year.
You can listen to and purchase Earthquakes & Tidal Waves at Dot Dash's Bandcamp. You can also listen to "Rainclouds" below.
Sat. Aug. 29 with The Fleshtones at Creative Alliance, Baltimore
Wed. Sept. 16 with Tommy Keene, Metro, Baltimore
Thu. Sept. 17 with Tommy Keene at Bowery Electric, NYC
Fri. Sept. 18 with Tommy Keene at Iota, Arlington, Va.