CPMA NOMS ARE OPEN
Have you voted yet? No time like the present to submit your City Paper Music Awards nominations here through Fri. Sept. 16, and then stay tuned to vote on finalists. Awards will be given out at the annual CPMA showcase on Mon. Nov. 14 at the Pour House, so save the date. Vote now — that means now, people — at charlestoncitypaper.com/cpma.
DUMB DOCS DROP SINGLES
For two years running, DUMB Doctors have won Metal/Punk Band of the Year in the CPMAs.
A Russian label recently released a collection of the DUMB Doctors’ sporadic singles from the past several years in an LP fittingly entitled Singles 2013-2016. Frontman Scott Dence says the got acquainted with the label owners after their old band recorded a DUMB Docs song in Russian, later on sending Dence a video of the Russian band performing the cover. “There were over 100 kids going crazy,” he says. “They were singing along and crowdsurfing — going fucking nuts. It was intensely surreal to see.”
The Moscow-based label Pomogite Community specializes in garage-punk, lo-fi, psychedelic, shoegaze noise-pop, so the Docs understandably fit the bill, resulting in the release of the 12-song album that includes tracks like 2014’s “Killed by Weed” and last month’s “The Stranger.” Dence says Singles will get a tape release in the coming weeks. In the meantime, download and stream Singles at pomogitecommunity.bandcamp.com, and get further updates via facebook.com/dumbdoctors.
NEW ALBUM FROM THE CAMELLIAS
The Camellias, led by former City Paper news writer Paul Bowers. released a new collection of songs last week entitled Against Nostalgia. The LP’s cover art and the track “Crush, TX” was inspired by a 1896 publicity stunt gone awry. What was meant to be a fake train wreck along the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad ended in chaos when both engine boilers exploded, the debris killing at least two people and injuring countless more. “As an Americana-inflected songwriter with a pathetic tendency toward nostalgia, I suppose I would have given in to the temptation to write a song about a train sooner or later,” Bowers said in a recent blog post. “Let ‘Crush, TX,’ be my train song. Let this album be our meager entry in the long canon of songs about death, love, and the possibility of renewal of the spirit.” Learn more about “Crush, TX” at paulmbowers.tumblr.com. Against Nostalgia is available now at camellias.bandcamp.com.
Local artist warholtheghost, part of the RaisedbyFillm collective, released a new single over the weekend. “NWTP (The Hard Times of RJ Berger)” is named after the MTV comedy series from 2010 and combines jazz elements with hip-hop. The track is currently available for a name-your-price download at warholtheghost.bandcamp.com.
Bluegrass act Pinkerton & the Brinks dropped a new single via a YouTube lyric video recently. Entitled “The Wall Song,” the track combines Americana and rock with bluegrass and is off the band’s upcoming, as-of-yet titled EP. “The Wall Song,” which begins with what we can only assume are Trump supporters chanting "Build a Wall," was recorded by Todd Brown at Return to Zero Studios. Check out the track at facebook.com/pinkertonandthebrinks.
Local ska-rockers See Water released their new single “Echo” last week ahead of the band’s performance at the Treehouse! fest on Sunday at the Pour House. The upbeat, brass-infused “Echo” is part of the quartet’s upcoming EP, Hit the Moon, and can be heard now at seewater.bandcamp.com. For further updates, stay tuned to facebook.com/seewatermusic.