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Dent May @ Cause Spirits and Soundbar
July 11, 2012
Pure fun is the most appropriate way to describe the performance of Dent May on Wednesday, July 11th at Cause Spirits and Soundbar. Opening acts were Enola Gay followed by Buffalo Moon. Both of these local acts were well-received by their loyal Minneapolis fan base, who marched right up to the foot of the stage, jumped around, and danced to all of the rhythms and melodies the bands could throw at them. Into the late hours of the night, when highly-anticipated Dent May finally took the stage, the crowd was primed and ready to get down for the last set of tunes of the show. And if anyone was less than thrilled for the performance, the opening song “Fun” had them convinced. Playing through new tunes off of their recent release, Do Things, as well as older tunes, the band had the crowd hanging on their every uplifting word, soaring melody, shimmery synth solo, and penetrating drum beat. The audience that remained into the first hours of the morning was shouting requests and boogying without restraint. When they finished their set, the audience practically begged for more, and as there was no backstage, the band simply turned back around and continued to deliver. After the encore, the audience still wasn’t ready to end the fun, but the hour was late, and all good things must come to an end. However, I’m sure that next time Dent May comes to town, everyone at Cause last Wednesday will be the first to buy tickets as they recall the enjoyment of this last show. You can also view an in-studio these good-hearted guys did with us before their show at www.radiok.org/instudios.
Written by Alex Dziura, Radio K volunteer
If you’re in the mood to pick up some good vibrations, Dent May is your man. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, May attended both NYU Film School and Ole Miss, studying English and Southern Studies. Fortunately, he finally found musical inspiration in the work of artists such as Serge Gainsbourg and Lee Hazelwood. Although he started his aptly named project, Dent May, in 2002, he held off releasing an album until 2009. But those seven years must certainly have been the necessary amount of time to nail down a style and image that could even make one of the Queen’s guards with those fuzzy hats and stoic faces smile. The first release came out on Paw Tracks, and was to be called The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele. Although it led to his title as one of the Best New Bands of Mississippi by Boston Phoenix Annual 50 Best Bands in America, and to his being chosen by Animal Collective to play at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in 2011, The Good Feeling Music was only a precursor to the second and most recent release, Do Things.
Do Things is reminiscent of an electronic reincarnation of the Beach Boys born in the disco era. Not a song on this album speaks to anything but feeling good and living happily. A glance at the carefree image of lake relaxation which adorns the cover of the record, along with track titles such as “Fun”, “Best Friend”, “Don’t Wait Too Long”, and “Wedding Day”, set the mood for the rest of the album, and it doesn’t disappoint. Constant harmonies and melodies that flutter up and down octaves like a bird to whom flying is still a novelty create a light-hearted tone, combined with the two-step dance beats and heavy synth which add the “have fun, let loose” flavor. The icing on the cake is the inspirational lyricism, with lines like “Don’t wait too long, you’ve got to stand up and do your thing” and “Don’t know what’s in store for me but I think it’s gonna be fun” every word on every track is positive. Especially with a warm and bright summer gaining full speed, this album is quite worth the time investment for the smile it will put on your face.
Written by Alex Dziura, Radio K Volunteer