It’s almost a year since AMBY chatted to Birmingham quartet Dumb (interview) who developed a live set at breakneck speed following the split of The Carpels. Since then they’ve followed up their debut release “Dive” with a well received second single “Retina” last summer. They’ve also played the Royal Albert Hall in support of The Charlatans moving tribute to late drummer Jon Brookes, whose label One Beat Records released the track. Now they return with a double A side release of “Super Sonic Love Toy” and “Two Bottles”. And in very good form they are. There’s always been a harder sound to the band than many of their local contemporaries, whilst they still retain the ear for a good melody. Perhaps the return of The Pixies – the band often cited as an influence and comparison – has inspired them to a new level.
With Dylan Williams on vocals, Tom Minchin on guitar, Adam Pyzer on bass, and Jacob McQue on drums, Dumb have built up a considerable reputation as live performers. And whilst videos can never be a substitute for the energy of a live performance, Dumb keep coming up with the goods to keep those online engaged until they hit a town nearby.
Gavin Watson | @watsongc