In the mood for some psychedelic, rock, Motown soul fusion? Look no further than the funky jams of The Dull Blue Lights, a Philadelphia-based quintet self-described as a “band in between.” The group’s sound is a “definitive blend of cascading harmonies, screaming guitars and relentlessly grooving rhythms,” branded with the genre title of Basement Soul, but The Dull Blue Lights stress that they’re not tied down by a genre. Just a listen to their music shows the versatility of the group. Really, any music the quintet—comprised of Todd Fausnacht on guitar and lead vocals, Ben Parry on bass and lead vocals, Matt MacLeod on organ, Tim Hildebrand on guitar, and Josh Parry on drums—likes eventually gets sucked up and blended with their overall sound.
The group was formerly known as The Snails, and were named such for their debut album, Songs From The Hydrogen Jukebox, back in 2014. Well, the group is back with a new name and a new, self-titled debut album, set to release on July 13th. The Dull Blue Lights (the album) was produced by Andrija Tokic, the same mind who worked with Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Benjamin Booker, and Clear Plastic Masks. Just last month, The Dull Blue Lights dropped “A Deeper Blue,” a new single for the upcoming album. The track was described by Glide Magazine as an “energetic romp exploding with garage rock riffs and boogie boogie piano,” and I couldn’t agree more. “Romp” pretty much sums up the new single—it’ll get you bopping along to the beat in no time.
The Dull Blue Lights is definitely an album you should keep your eye out for. As drummer Josh Parry explains, the “album is a cathartic journey of a band searching for itself, and discovering that it is everything all at once. We had our fun making it, and we couldn’t be more excited to see everyone else have their fun listening to it.” So for a rad mix of vintage and new, psychedelic and rock, check out The Dull Blue Lights, a band just trying to find itself and have a good time in the process. Give “A Deeper Blue” some love by checking out the single (and the rest of the quintet’s music) via the links below!