Tuesday, April 05, 2005

The dB's are Back!

According to Pitchfork the dB's are reuniting! Since the dB's released so much great music in the early80's, I've never considered them a great lost band that never made it but if you read their detailed bio over on their homepage you'll read the story of a band that just couldn't get a break. In fact their first two albums were never released in the U.S. until after the band broke up. (They were issued for the first time on CD in 1989 by I.R.S. and reissued together in 2001 on Collectors Choice) These first two records are notable since they include the original line up of the band that included Chris Stamey, Peter Holsapple, Gene Holder and Will Rigby. "Stands for Decibels" (Albion, 1981) and "Repercussion" (Albion, 1982), are filled with great jangly power-pop songs but with an experimental, inventive, sonic undercurrent. After Stamey left the band in 1982 they scored a major lablel deal in the U.S. and released "Like This" (Bearsville,1984) but the record fell through the cracks when the label left its distributor. It didnt' help that the label founder died keeping their contract tied up. Next came "The Sound Of Music" (I.R.S., 1987) but label disagreements kept the band from releasing a follow up. The band called it a day in 1988.

Find out more about the dB's here or better yet, buy "Stands for Decibels"/"Repercussion" and read the extensive liner notes while you listen to the albums.

Download exclusive tracks from the dB's website.

Go to the download page to get the dB's - "Black And White"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, maybe not necessarily a "lost" band, but a very deserving choice for a post. That unreleased track "Rains Around Here" is great!

2:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought Stands for Decibels/Repercussion earlier this week after seeing this post and haven't stopped listening since.


10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They had the sound, saw them at least a couple of times as they were through Chicago often. I will have to dig around for an old album or two (they are here somewhere!)

10:22 PM  

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