DUMP HIM: Venus in Retrogade—The Live Sessions: CS

The cassette is not labeled so I’m not quite sure which song is which since I can’t tell the A side from the B. Hopefully, this tape never gets separated from the case, otherwise I won’t know what it is. In fact, I thought Venus in Retrogade was the name of the band until I looked it up to see if they spelled “retrograde” wrong on purpose. I’m being harsh on the labeling because it’s a big pet peeve of mine. There’s nothing on this besides the song track and name of the release. Musically, it’s really wonderful and I rather enjoy the raw recording of this live tape. There’s a strong mid-’90s sound to Dump Him overall. It’s poppy and indie-influenced – bands like The Breeders and City Mouse come to mind. It’s slightly sloppy with thick melodic vocals. Something I could see coming out of the Lookout scene, but instead is a queercore band from Western Massachusetts operating in the current day. –Kayla Greet (Reflective Tapes)