Alex Dezen (of The Damnwells) & His Band

Casbah & Soda Bar present

Alex Dezen (of The Damnwells) & His Band

Mike Dunn

Sunday, May 14, 2017

8:00 pm

Soda Bar

$10 / $12

This event is 21 and over

Alex Dezen (of The Damnwells) & His Band
Alex Dezen (of The Damnwells) & His Band
It’s official. The Damnwells are done. “It was an amazing run,” says Alex Dezen. “But it’s time to move on.” 16 years, 5 albums, and countless miles later, Dezen is finally stepping out on his own with his second solo album in two years. Truth be told, the tenuous formation which has carried the Damnwells moniker over the last decade and a half has always featured Dezen’s voice and songs front and center. Both 2007’s One Last Century 2010’s No One Listens to the Band Anymore employed a wide net of musicians and friends, often without founding members Steven Terry, Ted Hudson, and David Chernis. So, in many ways, II, the second solo album from Damnwells frontman, is just a continuation of what Dezen has been doing his entire career. Only it isn’t that at all.
Mike Dunn
In the fall of 2013, several years had passed since Mike Dunn released an album with his band Mike Dunn & the Kings of New England. He had taken time off from music and touring to "grow up." You know, get a job and get married. And though he never stopped writing songs, nothing felt worth its weight in vinyl. With a dark cloud of self-doubt looming like an afternoon storm in summer, Dunn knew it was time for a new chapter. So he picked himself up by his bootstraps, rented a cabin in the woods and set out to write a record.

He rigged up a little studio in the two-bedroom shack on a lake. He read Flannery O'Connor, ate rare steak, drank good whiskey, took naps and, lo and behold, wrote a song. When the week was up, so was his song count; he left with five songs and the roots of what would become the sprawling Hard Luck Soft Rock. The ten song album shows Dunn as a veteran of the music scene, a songwriter enjoying his art without worrying about success. Instead of chasing an ever-moving finish line, his heartfelt lyrics and rock melodies prove he is finally enjoying the run.

In describing the album, it's best to lean on one of Dunn's favorite quotes from Paul Westerberg: "We weren't invited to the party, so we threw our own." Reuniting with producer Louis DeFabrizio (Gasoline Heart), who produced Dunn's first record in 2007, made it easy to pave this new musical path. And fortunately for the rest of us, this is a rock 'n roll party with Americana grit and power pop hooks we're all welcome to attend.
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/