Dot Dash (Photo courtesy the band)
Terry Banks (guitar, vocals), Steve Hansgen (lead guitar), Hunter Bennett (bass), and Danny Ingram (drums) are well known to DC indie pop admirers as Dot Dash! They also are known for giving away a free song or two, and they have gifted us with another prior to their show at DC9 on Wednesday, July 19, when they open for English indie duo Ultimate Painting.
Ultimate Painting perform at Rough Trade East in London on Oct. 31, 2014. (Photo by Paul Hudson)
Ultimate Painting take their name from a piece of artwork created by Drop Artists of the Drop City commune of Colorado in 1966. Around the same time in New York City, Lou Reed and John Cale formed the Velvet Underground.
Just a few years back, James Hoare of Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes formed a third band, drawing its name from the colorful piece of art and its sound from guitarwork by Reed, Cale and Sterling Morrison. The result is a jangly, occasionally bluesy, sort of psychedelic rock that pays tribute to the ’60s quite masterfully while sounding fresh.
The duo played a show at Comet Ping Pong on Tuesday as a stop on their tour in support of their new album, Green Lanes, released in August by Trouble in Mind. They kicked off their set with some songs from their debut, a self-titled album released in 2014.
Ultimate Painting (Photo by Juan Jose Ortiz)
I’ve never seen Mazes, but I caught Veronica Falls a few years ago at the Black Cat, and I found their sunny, jangly guitar pop to be quite lush.
Well, when I wasn’t looking, UK indie poppers Jack Cooper of Mazes and James Hoare of Veronica Falls formed another band called Ultimate Painting. Indeed, Ultimate Painting released its second album, Green Lanes, this summer (via Trouble in Mind). The songs pleasantly have the same sort of summery, jangly sound found in Veronica Falls.
The duo have been touring in support of the album, expanding the band to a quintent with AJ Cozzi, Neil Robinson and Will Young — and they are visiting Comet Ping Pong on Monday, Sept 21.
With songs like “(I’ve Got the) Sanctioned Blues,” Ultimate Painting bring together some twee guitar with pleasant vocals as they go in search of better times somewhere.
Listen to “(I’ve Got the) Sanctioned Blues” on Soundcloud:
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You can preview and order the Ultimate Painting album online from Trouble in Mind Records.
Tickets are available at the door.
w/ Ruby Fray and The Beginner’s Mynd
Comet Ping Pong
Monday, Sept. 21