Longtime Costello bassist Jeff Dahlin has combined forces with the LA pop-punk act Margate as a rhythm guitar player, according to a statement released by Dahlin. He seemed to have some choice words for Costello bandleader Mitch Ohlman, “Mitch is a great songwriter, he’s really good on guitar, and he’s the man on vocals, but he’s a megalomaniac and only gets motivated to make music every few years”. Dahlin continued, “I’d like to remain a member of Costello, because the music is great, but when a band member constantly threatens to steal my car stereo for drug money, I need to look at other options as well.”
Costello’s most recent album, ‘Memoirs of a Malcontent’, was mixed by producer Matt Allison and released in 2011 on Celibate Records. Margate confirmed Dahlin will be playing a string of shows with the band for an undetermined period of time. “Jeff is used to four strings, not six,’ according to the statement, ‘and he tends to get good and buzzed before shows, so we’ll tread lightly and see how this experiment goes.”
Margate is putting the finishing touches on its new album, ‘Beards in Paradise’, which will be released on Cyber Tracks this year. Their previous, self-titled album was chosen by label heads El Hefe and Jen Abeyta as Cyber Track’s debut label release in 2012.
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