Jack Name has worked with a lot of your favorite heroes, and in doing so, he’s built a following all his own. His music’s something of an outlier, at least upon the first listen to his new song. There’s a synthesized beat that serves as the backbone, while the darkness of his vocals is so enchanting that I can’t pull myself away from it. He’s also got the approval of John Dwyer, who he’ll be touring with (including this week’s Austin date at Hotel Vegas); Dwyer will also be releasing Jack’s Weird Moons LP on his Castle Face imprint in January of next year.
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As we’ve lamented lately (including this week) the hiatus of Thee Oh Sees, it looks like John Dwyer isn’t even stopping to think about it. That should completely be expected, considering the fact that his old band worked at a seemingly break-neck speed. But, what I didn’t entirely expect from Dwyer was this new synth-laden track under his new moniker, Damaged Bug. It’s similar to the work of Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs (where has he gone) in so far as it’s a largely electronic sound wrapped around a rock n’ roll attitude. Dwyer’s got a synth project and a label? He’s definitely the new Sniper. John’s record will be titled Hubba Bubba, and it will be released on February 25th via his label, Castleface.
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Being John Dwyer has to be pretty sweet. Not only does he get to front Thee Oh Sees, but he gets to run Castle Face Records too. A great band and a great label? Sweet gig bro. It’s also allowed him some time to really dig deep into his local or nearby history, as is the case with Berkley band The Herms. He’s taken some early demos and 8-track recordings from the group and compiled them into the Drop Out Vol. 1 LP. This is the first take on this band for many of us, and this swaggering bit of rock n’ roll is enough to see exactly why John took on the project. It’s rock like this that I can get behind.
Download: The Herms – Power Joystick [MP3]