DOPAMINES, THE: Vices: CD

Sep 18, 2013

I’ve seen their name a billion times in the It’s Alive ads, but somehow have never actually knowingly heard these cats until now. It’s a shame, really, as these guys are top notch. What sticks out to me is the multidimensional nature of the band. Casual listening reveals a band very comfortable within the parameters they give themselves to work with—a poppy blend of Midwestern-styled, mid-tempo punk rock, but the subject matter takes a strong turn toward the deeply personal entries of a long-lost diary. Depression, alcohol, and broken love are all hauntingly touched upon in some of the happiest-sounding sad songs I have come across in recent memory.

 –Garrett Barnwell (It’s Alive, itsaliverecords.com)

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