Photo Credit Mark Zimin
“Dot Dash is a four-piece from Washington D.C. Guitarist/singer Terry Banks and bassist Hunter Bennett were in punky power poppers Julie Ocean. Banks was previously in The Saturday People (Slumberland label), Tree Fort Angst (Bus Stop label), Glo-Worm (K Records), and St. Christopher. Guitarist Bill Crandall was in the Mod/Pop band Modest Proposal and drummer Danny Ingram beginning his musical life in early Dischord-label punk band Youth Brigade before moving on to Strange Boutique and, later, U.K. guitar-wranglers Swervedriver”.
Brightly propelled 80`s New Wave with well-trodden and prolifically strung Power-Pop best describes this blissful East Coast four-piece. Early days of English Day-Glo pioneers The Buzzcocks, The Times, Television Personalities and the underrated effect Alan McGee`s now defunct Creation label had on 90`s counterculture – To me, Dot Dash are unintentionally the most English sounding band from the States in a long time. Terry Banks & Co prove that guitars can be loud and feedback can be channeled to gently flow without making an audience struggle to hear your lyrics – even the scathing Weller-like string attacks are just a minor distraction to the band`s crisp and powerful audio output. The ten tracks on `Winter Garden Light` are all etched with incredible pace and punchy riffs -Imagine a fast running train with no scheduled stops whistling through each station, a hazy sideways glance will never register the station names but in hindsight you always enjoy the ride so you really don`t mind. On the whole a superb listen , highly recommended. The timing of Alan McGee talking about relaunching Creation Records in some form or another might be an interesting proposal, the slippery devil knows a thing or two about quality Power-Pop.
“10 songs on this disc are stellar and pack a real punch with hooks and harmony, heart and soul and a sense of urgency. A Post Modernist Pop or Post Mod in short – taking the energy of the 60’s garage and 70’s punk and blend the soul of mod with the edginess and diversity of Post Punk. It’s easily the best album you will hear all year.”