Best Vancouver albums of 2016: DUMB – ‘Mustang Law’ (self-released)

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As catchy as DUMB’s debut album Beach Church is, those songs feel a bit like sketches compared to those on their follow-up and second album of the year Mustang Law.

For act II, DUMB has offered up tighter punk numbers that feel more thought out in their relative structural complexity; the songs are more than just enjoyable, scrappy surf-romps. Over an unchanging bassline and whining guitars, the vocals on “And PC” flip between spoken and yelped. “Untitled” is another high point: tension swells before the song takes a 90 degree turn into Andrew Savage-style rhapsodizing over some of DUMB’s most muscular guitar-work.

With Mustang Law, it makes a lot more sense why DUMB opened for Parquet Courts at the Rickshaw Theatre last February. Get smart: don’t sleep on DUMB, or you might miss them next time they hit the big stage.

Standout track – “Untitled”

See the rest of my picks at Vancouver Weekly.

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