Magnum Dopus has today premiered their new single titled ‘Scratch & Dent Blonde’, from their upcoming album ‘Suburbanova’, out this Friday (August 20th).
Instantly recognizable as a jamband, I am reminded that my favorite type of band is the jamband. That fre-flow style from each instrument coupled with that bravado of experienced musicians. But, there is more here. There is that solid influence from the greats of the ’80s and influentials like New Order, The Smiths, and The Mission UK, ‘Scratch & Dent Blonde’ is but a peak of the sonically original opus that ‘Suburbanova’ can be. This single has personality and swagger. Listen with your eyes closed.
About Magnum Dopus
Taking cues from the iconic work of Talking Heads, David Bowie and The Smiths, Memphis, Tennessee-based Magnum Dopus has arrived with an intoxicating blend of 80’s New Wave and psychedelic goth vibes.
The quintet first found its footing in 2017 when Andrew McCarty (vocalist) and George Cole (guitarist) began a series of cathartic freeform jams, following the dissolution of their previous bands. Throughout 2019, they released a handful of singles and EP’s before defining their sound with their debut album, Hizumi, in December of that year.
In early 2020, the band returned to the studio to record their second album. The sessions were tumultuous, resulting in George Cole taking a leave of absence and a new lineup including Tristan Barton (bassist), Sarah Spain (keyboardist/backing vocalist) and John Floyd (drummer) who handled production duties along with McCarty.
The resulting LP, Suburbanova (due out August 20th, 2021), is a powerful take on modern Post Punk with dark Jim Morrison-esque vocals colliding with helicopter guitars and muscular beats.