DUNES | 22.05.18 | Think Tank

DUNES | 22.05.18 | Think Tank

Dunes – 22nd May 2018 – Think Tank Newcastle – Photos

I was feeling a bit down in the dumps until I heard Dunes were playing! I popped in for their set and left my low mood behind! Three new songs tonight from their upcoming debut LP. Very very nice! This is the first time I’ve seen them properly (other than on our shoot for the Seapig video) this year. It’s hard not to like their music, easily my favourite local act in recent years.

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DUNES EP 2 – REVIEW

DUNES EP 2 – REVIEW

Dunes EP 2

Review by Neil Ainger

Dunes released their first EP only last year. Short and packed full of energy, the release showcased the Newcastle trios brand of compact and infectious desert rock. The grainy guitar tones and thunderous drumming, as well as a keen sense of melody, are somewhat reminiscent of large parts of the Queens of the Stone Age catalogue.

Not even 12 months later and the band are back, offering their latest release and second EP. The new release offers much of the same as far as style goes. Still compact, EP2 boasts another 5 tracks that walk the line between desert and stoner rock while expanding on what came before it.

While describing the guitar tone as grainy was no insult, the new material bites that bit harder and with a little more clarity. The result is a release that continues the knack for writing contagious choruses while packing a more explosive punch.

Opening track Everything is OK is a ray of light. Upbeat and defiantly positive, it encompasses the bands approach to easily-digested and irresistible hooks with a pop sensibility, laced with biting stoner riffs. There’s even a rather superb use of hand-clapping.

Seapig is probably the most melodious track on the record, with a tuneful chorus and subtle vocal harmonies before the band break it down into a groove and perhaps their meanest riff to date. There is more groove to be found on Simian Circus along with a furious, machine-gun-like bass and Black Bridge is textbook, brooding, Kyuss-style desert rock.

Bringing the record to a close with the pacy, psychedelic outro to Illegitimate Hulk I’m left to conclude that while the latest EP is very much a continuation of the first, it’s the result of a band growing in ability and fine-tuning their craft, in capturing the energy of their live performances on record and in showcasing their strengths in the studio. EP2 suggests that when the time comes for a debut full length, the strides forward taken here should help to ensure that it is as good as it can be and personally I can’t wait to hear it.

Dunes EP 2 is out now available on CD and download here

 

DUNES – August 2017 – Think Tank Newcastle – PHOTO FEATURE

DUNES – August 2017 – Think Tank Newcastle – PHOTO FEATURE

Dunes – August 2017 – Think Tank Newcastle

This lot again?! Think they’re the band I’ve seen the most in 2017 by far! I can confirm they’re still mint

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DUNES – Blank Slate Session (Part 2) – VIDEO

DUNES – Blank Slate Session (Part 2) – VIDEO

Dunes Blank Slate Session (Part 2)

Here we have the final part of this class session. This time they perform ‘Velvet’

Camera/Editor: Graeme J. Baty
Sound: David Curle

Dunes – Blank Slate Session (Part 1) – VIDEO

Dunes – Blank Slate Session (Part 1) – VIDEO

Dunes
Blank Slate Session (Part 1)

Finally got these lads in the studio! They’ve had some great support slots recently including Idles and Monster Magnet. Believe the hype. They are class. Here is ‘The World Loves a Bastard’…

Camera/Editor: Graeme J. Baty
Sound: David Curle