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Make It To The Show: DUMMYAeroplane Icon
Adam McKinney
May 31, 2023
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When the internet became ubiquitous, and access to the entirety of pop music history was suddenly at everyone’s fingers, suddenly a whole generation of bands were armed with reference points that were heretofore only available to crate-digging record obsessives. Slamming two disparate sounds together, just to see what happened, became a thriving part of the music landscape. Certain genres would get a little more attention than others, depending on the time – dance-punk, New Wave indie twee, psych-electronica, just slapping a Bruce Springsteen filter onto any old genre, and other experiments all had their day in the sun in the first decade of the ‘00s. Nowadays, with this mixing and matching having effectively been gamified, it’s refreshing to run across a band that combines sounds in interesting ways.

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The Los Angeles-based outfit Dummy has a way with creating disarmingly beautiful noise. Blending Krautrock, dream-pop, shoegaze, and the ‘90s UK noise-pop scene, Dummy creates something practically hypnotic in its magnetic pull. On certain songs, like “Final Weapon,” you can even hear traces of ‘60s folk harmonists like the Mama and the Papas or the Free Design, even as Dummy sticks to their relentless rhythm and aggressive synths.

Dummy’s 2021 debut LP, Mandatory Enjoyment, is blissful ear candy for those who thrill at the notion of the unknown lurking around every corner. That all of these songs are so wonderfully catchy is something of a feat. I have a feeling they’ll be a great band to feature on our rooftop and help usher in the summer season.


ALMA Rooftop

Dummy, w/ Versing, Careen

All Ages, Doors at 6pm, Show at 7pm, $15




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