“Go inside your dream world…it’s a lot like here except not here.”
So sings Northampton, Massachusetts’ Jeremy Dubs on “The Worlds” (hear it below) from his forthcoming album Words. It’s a wonderful track, a dream world unto itself, as if They Might Be Giants and Wall of Voodoo had a child who staged a Broadway musical. “The Worlds” is a fantastic introduction to Dubs’ music, and his personal story is worth telling as well as it’s the stuff of most music fans’ dreams.
In 2000, Dubs was in a band called the Bennies. He contacted Pixies front man Black Francis (who was then playing solo) to see if the Bennies might secure a gig opening for him. Francis was so taken with the young musician that he gave the Bennies numerous opening gigs (including one at our very own 9:30 Club) and even allowed them to open a few shows for the reunited Pixies.
Dubs was subsequently signed to Francis’ new record label, The Bureau Records, and released Speak!, a sorta kinda Harry Nilsson tribute album which features Nilsson originals, songs Nilsson covered, and Dubs originals that were inspired by Nilsson. The end result is a beautiful, pulsating collection of 8-bit analog synth songs that despite their simplicity are alternately playful and heart wrenching. Dubs displays a masterful ability to lay track upon track of his own unique voice (probably can’t be helped when your name is Dubs) which, when paired with the spare electronic music makes for something truly unique.
Watching Dubs bring this creation to life with his band is a pretty amazing experience. And with a new album on the horizon, Monday night’s show at Galaxy Hut will be a memorable one.
Kicking off the show is Home Body, another Northampton export (and no relation to the Capitol Hill furniture store of the same name). The electronic duo plays haunting electronica that calls to mind the Knife and Portishead.
Galaxy Hut doesn’t immediately spring to mind as a music venue, but the fun Clarendon bar features some great shows on Sunday and Monday nights - normally not big live music nights in DC. Get your introduction to Galaxy Hut and two great bands tonight.