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Album Review: The Dopamines – ‘Tales of Interest’

Quit your job, shred your bills, and toss out all that Perrier in your fridge. The Dopamines are back with a brand new full length album to remind you that maybe life isn’t all that great but at least alcohol exists. After a five year wait between albums, Tales of Interest carries a lot of weight on its shoulders, but in true Dopamines fashion the band doesn’t really seem to care for the expectations that others have set for them.

Tales of Interest is a darker album. While The Dopamines’ lyrical themes have always struck a chord with the jaded and jobless, the glossy production and brevity of the music added an air of humor to them before. Here, the guitars are heavier than they’ve ever been before, and though it’s not uncommon to hear tones like this coming from a midwestern punk band, it’s new for The Dopamines and it lends a more sinister feeling to lines like “I’ve got so much more drinking to do, mistakes that I’ll consequently blame on you” (“The King of Swilling Powers I, II, III”) and “Sometimes I just want to pull out a gun and shower you all in my brains” (“Business Papers,” a re-recording of the band’s contribution to The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore).

That’s not to say that Tales of Interest is a completely new version of The Dopamines. The album’s second half contains a handful of songs with the classic Dopamines structure (“Pavlovian Fixtures,” “Open Letter,” “Expect the Worst”). They’re just played by a band with more experience and confidence in their abilities, and willing to experiment. “Kalte Ente” is an instrumental tune, “The King of Swilling Powers (Part I, II, III)” is three and a half minutes long, and “083133” contains a harsh breakdown, all things that the Dopamines haven’t done before. The band even recorded the album as a four piece (although they’ve toured and played shows with a second guitarist in the past, they officially added Rad Girlfriend Records founder / Raging Nathans guitarist Josh Goldman to the lineup a few years ago)- another first for the band.

Change isn’t something we might not have wanted from The Dopamines, but it’s certainly something that they needed. Another Expect the Worst or Vices this is not, and Tales of Interest is all the better for it.

4 / 5 stars

RIYL: The Copyrights, Dillinger Four, Rivethead



The Dopamines stream new album “Tales of Interest”

Cincinnati punks The Dopamines are streaming their new album Tales of Interest in its entirety.

You can give it a listen below.

Tales of Interest is set to release on June 2nd through Rad Girlfriend Records. It will be the band’s fourth full-length album, following 2012’s Vices.



Rad Girlfriend Records streams “4-Way Split vol. 2”

Rad Girlfriend Records is streaming “4-Way Split vol.2”. The new release features tracks from Chris Barrows Band (punk), Armageddon Man (hardcore), No Fraud (hardcore punk)  and F (punk).

You can check it out here.



The Dopamines announce “Tales Of Interest” tour dates

The Dopamines release new album “Tales of Interest” on June 2nd via Rad Girlfriend Records – and they have just announced a tour that goes on right through June to back it up.

Check out the full list of dates below. You can pre-order the album now too.



Hospital Job (members of The Copyrights) perform “Damn These Vampires” on Live From The Rock Room

Illinois pop punk act Hospital Job (featuring drummer Luke McNeill of The Copyrights on guitar and vocals) recently stopped by Live From The Rock Room to perform their song “Damn These Vampires.”

You can check out that performance below.

“Damn These Vampires” comes from the bands 2016 split with The Capitalist Kids, which was released via Rad Girlfriend Records.



Svetlanas stream new song “Lose Control”

Everybody’s favorite Russian-Italian political punks, Svetlanas, are streaming the first song off their upcoming album This Is Moscow Not LA.

You can give “Lose Control” a listen below.

This Is Moscow Not LA will be released in the near future via Rad Girlfriend Records.  Svetlanas’ last album, 2015’s Naked Horse Rider, was released via Altercation Records.



The Dopamines premiere “Common Rue” from upcoming album “Tales of Interest”

Cincinnati punks The Dopamines have premiered another song from their highly-anticipated new album Tales of Interest. Give “Common Rue” a listen below.

Tales of Interest is set to release on June 2nd through Rad Girlfriend Records. It will be the band’s fourth full-length album, following 2012’s Vices.



The Dopamines stream new song “Ire”

Cincinnati punks The Dopamines are streaming a new song from their upcoming album Tales of Interest. The track’s called “Ire,” and you can check it out below.

Tales of Interest is set to release on June 2nd through Rad Girlfriend Records. It will be the band’s fourth full-length album, following 2012’s Vices.



Svetlanas announce new full-length, “This Is Moscow Not LA”

Everybody’s favorite Russian-Italian political punks, Svetlanas, have announced preliminary details of a brand-spankin’-new album. It’s called “This Is Moscow Not LA,” and it’s slated for release in the near future via Rad Girlfriend Records. There’s no formal release date or pre-order info for you yet, but we’ll keep you posted!

Svetlana’s last album, 2015’s “Naked Horse Rider,” was released via Altercation Records.



The Dopamines release teaser video for upcoming album “Tales of Interest”

Cincinnati punks The Dopamines have released a teaser video for their upcoming album Tales of Interest, which is set to release this spring through Rad Girlfriend Records. They’ve also revealed the LP’s 14-song tracklist.

You can check out the teaser and tracklist below.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on Tales of Interest are revealed. This will be the band’s fourth full-length album, following 2012’s Vices.



Two Houses perform “Labor Day” on Live From The Rock Room

Chicago’s punk/indie band Two Houses were recently featured on Live from the Rock Room, where they performed the song “Labor Day.”

You can check it out below.

Two Houses last released I Feel So Good I Can’t Stand Myself on November 10th, 2016 via Rad Girlfriend Records.



Two Houses streaming new tracks from upcoming album “I Feel So Good I Can’t Stand Myself”

Chicago’s punk/indie band Two Houses is gearing up to release their latest album, “I Feel So Good I Can’t Stand Myself”, this Thursday through Rad Girlfriend Records.

Today, the band has made a few tracks from the album available to stream; you can listen to “My Back Is Broken”, “Never Come Down”, and “The Fear” below.

Two Houses last released their four-track EP “Disappointer” back in 2014 also through Rad Girlfriend Records.

 



DS Exclusive Stream: Nobodys Stream New LP “Hussy” In It’s Entirety

“The Ron Jeremys of Punk Rock” are back with a new LP! Hussy, which is set to be released on November 4th via Rad Girlfriend Records and D-Tour Records, is the band’s first full length release in fifteen years. As an apology for their lack of output, these corrupt Coloradans are streaming the new LP in it’s entirety prior to the official release! Give it a listen below and if you like what you hear, head on over to Bandcamp and pre-order today!

Nobodys last released Less Hits, More Tits in 2001 via Hopeless Records.



Nobodys stream new song “Joe Queer Kicked Me Out”

Colorado Springs punk act Nobodys are streaming a new song called “Joe Queer Kicked Me Out,” which you can listen to here.

“Joe Queer Kicked Me Out” comes from the bands’ upcoming new album Hussy, which is set to be released on November 4th via Rad Girlfriend Records and D-Tour Records.

Nobodys last released Less Hits, More Tits in 2001 via Hopeless Records.



Nobodys stream new song “Sex, Drugs, Sex and Rock N Roll”

Colorado Springs punk act Nobodys are gearing up to release their first album in 15 years.  The album is called Hussy, and will be released on November 4th via Rad Girlfriend Records and D-Tour Records.

To give you a taste of the new album, the band is streaming the first song, “Sex, Drugs, Sex and Rock N Roll,” which you  can listen to here.

Nobodys last released Less Hits, More Tits in 2001 via Hopeless Records.