This San Francisco band transplanted itself to LA in the fall of 2000, hot off the heels of recording their second full length. SF’s loss is definitely LA’s gain. The Dagons mine literary references, gothic imagery and Grimm’s Fairy Tales all the while avoiding the trappings of goth in favor of a straight-up rock approach. Singer/guitarist Karie Jacobson (who also played bass on this album) lulls you in with sweet, ethereal vocals as drummer Drew Kowalski sneaks up with menacing, pounding drum work on songs like “Grinder” and “As Close As You May Ever Get.” Spooky in a good way.
–Bob Cantu (Dead Sea Captain, 4470 Sunset Blvd. #163, LA, CA 90027)