EP1 was recorded from late 2019 and released in May 2020, both digitally and on a tape by Maryland punk label Pop Wig. It became a lockdown essential, and despite the pandemic the band managed to record the follow-up,
EP2, remotely using smart phones. It was released in November 2020 by the Chicago label Born Yesterday. Together, the ten tracks that comprise the EPs manage to show off all of the band’s broad range of influences – from Stereolab-style drone-pop to baroque psych, chamber folk, noisy shoe-gaze and Japanese ambient and new age – which have made them one of the most exciting new bands to come out of the US for years.
“We remain super proud of these EPs,” says the band’s Joe Trainor. “They were mostly self-recorded, and we were still discovering our sound and each other as a group. ‘Mandatory Enjoyment’ wouldn’t sound the way it sounded if it weren’t for all the time and trial and error we spent on the EPs.”The band are currently making waves touring the US with Horsegirl and Lifeguard and are “extremely hyped” to be playing their first UK and EU tour dates in September.
“Dummy has all the makings of a modern cult band” – Pitchfork
“Purveyors of absolutely blissful drone-pop” Post-Trash
“Like a scrappy, punch-drunk Stereolab or a blissed out, mantra-hypnotized Wire” – Aquarium Drunkard.
Released: September 2022
Label: Sonic Cathedral