Release Date: 4/3/2020
Production: Recorded and mixed at Green Door Recordings
Mastered at Dog Gate Studios. Cover art by Christian Jaramillo. Pic in the headline by Laura Lateralus
Location: Denver, Colorado
Nick Dolan Drums
Luis Morales Bass
Keith Turner Guitar
Evan Ballinger Keys
Keith Larsen Trombone
Matt Clement Trumpet/Lead Vocal
Matt King Saxophone
John Olsson Percussion
Favorite Tracks: No Money No Sunshine, Don’t Wanna Go, Snap Patch, and Bottom Feeders
Sounds Like: Pietasters, Last Reel Hero, The Specials, Bad Manners, The Pilfers, The Toasters, Slackers, Hepcat, and The Uptones
We are in some weird and uncertain times. Covid-19 is decemating the world, our venues, and sadly our entertainers. This hasn’t stopped the Denver music scene as we continue to kick ass locked inside our fortresses of solitude. Denver Ska legends, The Dendrites will drop their new record, “Lunchin’ With The Dendrites” today! Just when things were getting hopeless, again some sun shines through the darkness. So let’s give the new release a spin!
The first track is “Snap Patch”. This track has a funky groove able bassline. This is the Dendrites we all know and love right here! Now I am no Dick Clark, but I know when I hear what feels like a hit song. That song is next with, “No Money, No Sunshine”. I’m telling you here and now this track has serious potential! This is the ultimate ska love song! I’m gonna push this one over to Tazy Phillipsz with Ska Parade.
The next track is “Dujak”. This track seems “experimental” as one might say. It’s heavy on jam riffs, before bringing in this amazing big band ska sound. All players are really hitting some great notes. “Xaasj” follows with an amazing Latin sound. I could totally see this track being featured in a movie, sexy dance scene or even an action sequence.
Now has anybody coined the term, “Surf Ska”. Well that’s one the next song, “Bottom Feeder” sounds like. The surf like bass, drums, guitar, and keys are killer. This track is best listened to with headphones, and even better when it’s accompanied by some MJ. The final track is called, “Don’t Wanna Go”. Here’s another surprise track with vocals! I love this song so much! If you’re not dancing to this shit, you are indeed dead inside.
Overall, “Lunchin’ With The Dendrites” blew me away! Their mix of different genres from big band, northern soul and 2nd wave ska is just what I needed to make it through this Coronavirus crap. This record will put a smile on your face. I really hope we get more tracks with vocals from the Dendrites in the future. May your Friday kick ass as much as this album does! Buy it now, https://thedendritesmassive.bandcamp.com/album/lunchin-with-the-dendrites
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Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)
- Snap Patch
- No Money No Sunshine
- Bottom Feeder
- Don’t Wanna Go
CPRA Review Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAHReU2iGck3MJt3v-V9CRGp9iEdodsy6