Dances

Dances release new single "R U With It?" + play fall residency at Alphaville

Bands, like people, can change a lot in two years. And if one song may be enough be enough evidence to make final statements about the sound of Brooklyn indie band Dances, it's fair to say that their new single "R U With It?" (streaming below), is quite a bit mellower than their previous material, in partcular in the electric guitar department. What we all tend to forget, though, is that people always change for a reason: 'R U With It?' was written by songwriter Trevor Vaz after being diagnosed with purely obsessional OCD, and tackles the contradictory feelings triggered by such discovery. Bushwick venue Alphaville gave the band a three date live residency this fall; the first one will be on September 27 with local Ghost King and Mons Vi and Los Angeles' Boyo.

   

Gigawatts mag going out with a bang (and many bands) @ Alphaville on May 14/15

1.21 Gigawatts - a Brooklyn DIY magazine that did a great job of covering the scene's punky, garagey and psych emerging bands - is sadly closing and it will be gracing us one final time with their hosting skills come this weekend at Alphaville. With Deli favorites like Dead Stars, HaybabyDances, and 11 more taking the stage we can expect a weekend of great music and spectacular shows. On top of getting 14 amazing bands performing in two days, it’s all just $10. Insane, right? It is always with a heavy heart that we must say goodbye, but Gigawatts really knows how to go out with a bang (and how to give you more bang for your buck). So head on over to Alphaville this Saturday and Sunday for some memorable performances. Check out the playlist below to get a feeling of what you’ll be listening. - Adriana Ballester

   

Dances plays Pianos residency's night #2 tomorrow (02.12)

We've always liked Pianos' continued support of emerging NYC bands through residencies, so we couldn't be happier to report that lately their number seems to have multiplied exponentially. We literally just blogged about the Jaguar Club's February residency, and here we are already, telling you about another one involving the Brooklyn garage pop outfit that goes under the name of Dances. The trio's four track 2014 debut EP " Whiter Sands" features a mixed range of flavours, from the melodic but fuzzy mid tempo tracks Doc Youth and Holy Fool - both exploding into way noisier choruses - to the relentless speed-garage of "Rat" (video streaming below). The EP's closing title track is a menacing blues featuring a crescendo of guitars that's somewhat reminiscent of The Pixies from the Tromp Le Monde era. Check out Dances live at Pianos tomorrow February 12.

   

Watch Dances' Surreal Video for Their Song, "Doc Youth"

There's something really quite special about the fuzz rock that comes from the minds of 60's psychedelia-influenced artists like Ty Segall, The Orwells, The Black Lips. Here's one more for you, straight out of Brooklyn: Dances is a three piece that just put out an EP, Whiter Sands, featuring four glorious songs worth of gut busting, psych-rock fuzz-jams.   Specifically telling of the band's style is the quite surreal video they just released for their song, "Doc Youth."  The song features a guy being followed around by another guy toting a rifle and garbed solely in tight whities and a freaky looking mask.  It's definitely one for the books.  Peep the video below. - Jake Saunders