Ohio art punk/avant-garage quartet DANA have released their new single “R U Dead?“.
Formed back in 2016, the Columbus based band have released two albums and an EP of twisted garage rock and wiggly post-punk, rooted in a sci-fi sort of escapism at times.
Following last year’s “Blueteeth”, “R U Dead?,” finds the DANA very much alive, with their signature space-age theremin trails leading the way, the band dive into a jangly punk bounce, locked in amid the elastic pulse of their rhythm section.
There’s an anxious squirm to the song, clattering into overdrive as they weave in and around itself. Punchy vocals (complete with gang vocal accents) bolster an infectious boogie, the entire band embracing the surge. They eventually nosedive into a crescendo of unwieldy guitar, synths, and of course theremin, keeping things just alien enough to dazzle prior to destruction.
Speaking it, Jackson shared:
“This jaunty tune was born out of desperation and a sincere desire to create, to have fun, and that we absolutely did. Featuring our signature theremin and distorted guitars, this one also features bass player Dan Matos on the mouth harp, it was a real blast to write and record and definitely got our proverbial juices flowing, hoping it does the same for our fans. *insert Butthead laugh*“
The song is out now, get it here and take a listen below.
Dubbed a “Band to Watch” also “the best band in Ohio” by critics, DANA carries on the tradition of bands like The Stooges, Brainiac, and DEVO, and hometown exports Psychedelic Horseshit, Times New Viking, and Cheater Slicks “with that distinctive weirdo DNA common in Midwest goons, freaks, screwballs and artsy fartsies.”