When: Sat., Nov. 16 2013
rock, 9 p.m.
Jessica Oliver has a favorite interjection, and it’s one that fits her fire-breathing-pixie persona: Dag. And that injection is also the title of one of the standout track’s on Dumb Supper, the latest from her band People Person. “It’s a real namby-pamby word, if you ask me. It can convey mild disappointment, a sort of stoked-ness, or a sense of being just kind of impressed by something, like your cousin’s new muffler on his ’98 Mustang,” the Charleston-based Oliver says. As for the song itself, she says, “It’s about being mediocre at self-destruction,” like showing up for an hour late to work without telling anyone or giving your digits to a Domino’s delivery boy even though you have a man. Many of the songs on Dumb Supper — a Grade-A garage-pop winner — are new versions of People Person’s lower-than-lo-fi debut, Swimming for Keeps. “I was living in this big old craftsman house in Columbia. It had a really wonderful sound — high ceilings, hardwood floors — and I had recorded all of the demos that are on my Bandcamp in the dining room of that house over several months with no real goal in mind other than to post them as they were completed,” Oliver says. Both collections are well worth your time, and judging by both, Jessica Oliver and People Person are poised for big things. —Chris Haire SATURDAY