My introduction to the band Dunebuggy began where the foundation of my passion for music did, at a record store. I started working at Flipside in Pompton Lakes, N.J. while I was a junior in high school (late '80s) and remained at the shop for nearly 5 years. During that time period my social circle and our regular customers were one and the same. From this music obsessed community came two people who began playing music together while still in high school and eventually settled on the name Dunebuggy. Although we all grew up just a few towns away from each other in Northern New Jersey, it was only when I began working at Flipside did I meet Jon Procopio and Keith Renna. We all were around the same age but more importantly we were interested in Alternative music now referred to by most as “indie rock”. We liked a lot of bands (grunge, twee, shoegaze, punk, and harcore) and at the top of the list were groups like The Lemonheads, The Blake Babies, The Replacements, and Pixies however we also followed a lot of complex guitar bands like Polvo and The Treeople too (crazy guitar tunings, timing, and wacky chords). In turn the music we were interested in making for ourselves would follow along similar lines.
By the early '90s I was determined to take my love of music and apply it to starting my own band. I didn't know how to play an instrument yet but I liked to sing and was drawn to the the guitar; mostly because my first serious boyfriend and our roomie at the time played guitar and there was always one around to pick up and strum. What few people know is that it took a prodding from Jon of Dunebuggy get me to write and record something. He offered me a side on a split 7” with Dunebuggy and I agreed to try to at least give it a whirl. If my first song was suitable for public consumption then it would go on to become the flipside to their song Vanillaroma. (Their second release that was also scented like Vanilla ALA the car freshener) From this experiment the Dunebuggy / Brokenmouth split single was born. Jon, Keith, and I played together for the next 5 years on and off again. As a footnote I've been playing music under different names ever since this debut and I am indebted to Dunebuggy for giving me my start in music. Not only was Dunebuggy a damn fine, truly talented band but they were among the first men I knew who treated female musicians as equals. (Thanks guys!)
I was never an official member of Dunebuggy but I occasionally sang on their songs, practiced with them from time to time, and Jon became the first of a string of second guitar players in my band, Dahlia Seed. Needless to say my connection to Dunebuggy goes back a long way but even if I didn't practically grow up with the two founding members of the band, I would still be obsessed their music. I don't think they they ever thought they wrote songs as good as the bands we grew up worshiping but after revisiting their catalog for this collection to be released on my label in April of this year, I discovered this truth. Dunebuggy wrote incredibly memorable, complex pop tunes I place on the same alter with songs from that time period by Built To Spill or Pavement. While Dunebuggy released a handful of singles and played out live a decent number of times, they broke up before they ever had a chance to catch on nationally or release a full length record. Until now! I am absolutely thrilled Keith and Jon have been willing to let me dredge up our past and give these songs are proper release in 2012.
Below is a a brief bio of the band as well as the details of this upcoming release.
Artist : Dunebuggy
Title : Dunebuggy
Street Date: 4/17/2012
Cat#: LBC 006
Format: LP (100 copies / white vinyl), digital
LP UPC: 609788169697
Years Active - 1991-1996
File Under : Pop / Rock
Hometown: NYC / NJ
Members: Jon-Michael Procopio, Keith Renna, Michael Reilly, and guest vocals by Tracy Wilson
RIYL: Melodic Indie Guitar Pop, Lemonheads, Built to Spill, Unrest, Archers of Loaf, Pixies, Blake Babies, Pavement
Associated Acts : Dahlia Seed, Melting Hopefuls, Brokenmouth, Cogs, Jungle Creeps
Born of suburban boredom, the D.I.Y. aesthetic of skateboarding, and an obsessive appreciation for well-crafted pop tunes, Dunebuggy had the great fortune of being part of the inspiring New York City music scene of the mid 90's. What started as a duo of friends (Keith Renna and Jon-Michael) butchering cover tunes by their favorite punk bands, evolved into an original power trio with the addition of bass player Michael Reilly, and was occasionally complimented by vocalist Tracy Wilson (Dahlia Seed).
Drawing a heavy influence from both the Boston music scene(Lemonheads, Pixies, and Blake Babies) as well as inspiration from legendary bands such as the Replacements, Sonic Youth, Minutemen, and the Pretenders, the band focused on becoming a tightly knit unit intent on creating clever indie rock with pop hooks.
Dunebuggy's sound is punctuated by quirky phrasing, angular guitars, and imaginative lyrics. The bands goal was always to put the songs first, doing what was best for the them as a whole, and attempting to craft short works of pop perfection with a healthy dose of experimentation. Hard hitting, inventive drumming grounds the entangled and intertwining bass and guitar work. Indie pop, heart on the sleeve songs are shrouded in lyrical intricacies and cryptic prose.
Dunebuggy would go on to open for indie rock legends such as Archers of Loaf, Blonde Redhead, Air Miami, Superdrag, Damon & Naomi, Spectrum and the Apples in Stereo.
Stream two songs: here. and here via YouTube
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