1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Hailing from Nashville, TN, Republican Hair conjures the flamboyant musicality of The Cars, Devo, The Clash, and The Talking Heads, as well as the dark satire of author Kurt Vonnegut and the wry observational wit of David Sedaris. Their debut album, High And Tight bubbles over with arty tunefulness that traverses angular funk grooves, sci-fi sonic ambience, pent-up post-punk aggression, and fizzy pop hooks. Standouts include “I Don’t Care,” “Be Careful Chloe,” and “Who Is Chasing Who.” Within a narrative context, Republican Hair waxes absurd and poetic about the apocalypse, courtship rituals, and manners, among other things. Due to the controversial nature of these topics, band membership must be kept classified. Fans and the government will be aware of the group’s presence—either live, on record, or in videos—through its iconic, faceless logo which boasts one of our country’s most beloved hairstyles. They just released their latest rebellion single called “F**k A Bomb”.
Dot Dash is from Washington D.C. Their music has been described as garage, power pop, punk, post-punk, indie rock and “post mod” (although no one’s really sure what that last one means.)
WASHINGTON POST: “Everything we've ever read about Dot Dash plays up the group's collective resume: Singer/guitarist Terry Banks was in St. Christopher and the Saturday People before teaming up with bassist Hunter Bennett in acclaimed indie-rock band Julie Ocean and drummer Danny Ingram co-founded harDCore band Youth Brigade. Very impressive. But we're more interested in the music, a retro cocktail that recalls the yearning indie-pop of Sarah Records; the '80s neo-Byrds jangle of R.E.M., Orange Juice and other seminal college radio artists, and the tight, throbbing basslines and slashing guitars that evoke the Jam and the Clash."
HEAR A SINGLE: "Searchlights, Dot Dash’s fifth album in five years feels like The Replacements if they were a UK New Wave band… ‘Summer Light’ is wonderfully moody, ‘Holly Garland’ would be at home on an album by The Vapors or The Only Ones. ‘Something In-Between’ could be prime time Jam-era Weller. ‘Daddy Long Legs’ is Dr Feelgood to a tee. Searchlights has gripped me -- a corker of an album and if you get the chance to see them live, do."
50 THIRD & THIRD: Dot Dash’s latest record, Searchlights (their fifth, all on Ottawa’s The Beautiful Music) pumps out 15 catchy, guitar driven tunes wrapped in a huge aircraft hangar production by Missy Thangs (Ex Hex).Their sound is timeless -- drenched in the power pop sound of bands like The Plimsouls or Teenage Fanclub with the looseness of The Replacements.”
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