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THE DOPAMINES – ‘Tales Of Interest’ Album Review

THE DOPAMINES – Tales Of Interest

The DopaminesThe Dopamines return with their first full-length record in five years called Tales Of Interest on Plasterer Records. This is the bands fourth full-length album, and sees the Cincinnati, Ohio folks return with another dose of hard-hitting, fast-acting punk rock.

The opening static and stuttering raw guitar work emerges into a fast instrumental introduction of Kalte Ente. The angst-ridden vocals that bring in The King Of Swilling Powers (Parts I, II, III) build into a powerful pop/punk song with elements of Sum 41 and Blink 182 albeit with a harder edge.

Ire is the third of fourteen songs on the album and adds some neat quiet/loud/slow/fast sections to a corker of a track that drips anger and emotion throughout. The band really increase the pace and noise levels with Business Papers whilst Common Rue sees the bass very prominent and guitars with a more serrated approach. The Dopamines produce strong and tight power/pop/punk songs and Midwesternplayalisticeconolinemuzic adds a touch of Nirvana to their sound.

On 083133 we are treated to just over a minute of scorching punk rock with a real hardcore edge in a Melvins like way. Pavlovian Fixations maintains the momentum and power as the band showcase a harder edge. The pounding rhythmic approach on Open Letter leads to some monster riffs and licks that had me banging my head and stomping my feet…good stuff!

The NoFX like Expect The Worst is full of hooks and melody and is followed Kaltes Ende – yep, like the opening song only with vocals that really drive home the story. The “ooh ahs” of Heartbroken By The Police bring a new palette of melody to the album and I was reminded of Weezer.

The penultimate track, Business Papers (Reprise) returns to the earlier song, opens with raw guitars and a “way back in the mix” vocal before igniting about half-way through into the more hardcore approach of the band. The album concludes with Everybody Dies with some pounding drums, vocal interplay, fast chord work all combining to craft a poo/punk/skate classic.

Tales Of Interest by The Dopamines is available now on 12-inch vinyl through Plasterer Records:




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