Dash Band – Super – Review

Dash BandSuper is the debut album from rock/soul band Dash. Despite the fact that the band is less than a year old, the record is overflowing with groovy tunes and party vibes. Based out of Bozeman, MT, the group covers a large variety of sound, incorporating elements such as funk, soul, reggae, R&B, and rock. Beginning as a vocal/guitar/keys duo, founding members Kayti Korte & Ben Morris soon added a rhythm section and the result is something no music fan should miss.

Dash Band – Super

The album begins with an instrumental intro. A slow funky build climaxes in an outer space-themed freak out and we arrive at the album’s lead single “Apathy”. Morris’ guitar riffs drive the song while his and Korte’s voices intertwine, finally reaching crescendo with the declaration “Apathy, be the death of me.” The bands groove-rock sound is on full display here, allowing the music to get heavy but always remaining funky.

Dash is definitely a party band, and “Super” is most definitely a party record. The songs provide a perfect soundtrack to fun times with friends. However, their often in-depth lyrical topics allow the listener to dive deeper if they so choose, frequently examining interpersonal relationships and the changing pace of life. This duality serves them well; they are able to create multi-purpose music for a varied audience, an important step in not stunting one’s artistic growth.

“Free Drinks” is a hypnotic trek through love and gratitude, Korte and Morris reflecting on love and late nights. The loving vibes continue on “Movin”, while the vibe and tempo increase somewhat. Morris’ guitar tone is pure Steely Dan, conjuring late 70s California imagery. The rhythm section is on full funk and grows the groove as Morris sings “Keep movin that body next to mine / and I’ve got this feeling we’ll be just fine.” Korte comes in repeating the chorus after a Tom Morello-themed guitar solo and the song finishes in the stratosphere.

Super is definitely not safe for work, nor for the young ones. Obviously ‘strong’ language in music has been a sensitive subject in the past, the question essentially being at what point does art and self-expression cross over into uncreative self-indulgence. Dash manages to spend most of their time in the former territory, utilizing swearing in an honest fashion. It is clear that they are simply trying to communicate in the way that is most familiar to them, a genuine attempt to speak directly to the listener. While there are instances where softer language may have been a better choice, the message is sincere and stylistically appropriate.

The funky grooves and good vibes continue as the album rolls on. “Double Dose”, the final song on the record, is a spacey rocker that builds and builds until a moment of sheer sonic ecstasy, breaking through the stratosphere and reaching the edges of the known universe. Super is an absolutely riveting listening experience. It keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end; it brings you through the entire spectrum of emotions, and still leaves you feeling like you had a great time. Super is an excellent first effort from a promising young group.

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