Grab your headphones and give a listen to a “Humdinger” of a group called Dunebuggy. My immediate thought is The Walkmen, but I listen closer. They have intelligent lyrics matched with an eclectic sound that is a mellow mix between the Dandy Warhols, Silversun Pickups, Yellowcard and Jet.
Dunebuggy’s self titled LP makes you want to mellow out and tap your foot at the same time. The vocals are hard to hear on some tracks, which I know will be improved upon in future recordings, though on this album the sound is all a part of the appeal. It brings a sort of nostalgia over me like that garage band you heard when you were still in college at your friend’s basement party.
The album itself flows on a spectrum. It begins with happy, then as it gets toward the middle of the album the songs get a bit darker, which is where the Yellowcard and Silversun Pickups influence is located. Like the Harry Potter series, the darker tracks, though more serious, are just as good as the happy ones. The combination of minor chords and raw music sound effects give it a real edge and distinct sound.
They are a group that has a style all their own. The mix of different sounds enables them to come up with something original and unique, which frankly is hard to find now since it feels like everything has been done.
Personally, I am a huge fan of the artists above and as of now have added the Dunebuggy self titled album to my collection of keepers.
“Dunebuggy” will be released April 17, 2012.