Thursday, June 25, 2009

I picture 4 Lebowskis

I know what growing up in a shitty town is. In a strange way, it bonds people and gives one a sense of pride for your hometown, even if it is a crap place. Often, the shittier the town, the more proud you are to be from there, because it proves that you had the integrity to survive.

The Dudes are from Calgary, and they're proud... now that takes balls. With an already scant Alberta music scene, this foursome goes one further by not playing to the masses with country or hard rock, but pop-rock-a-la-Weezer; and they do it damned well.

They've well earned what little credence they've received. Having formed in 1996, The Dudes just released their fourth album, Blood Guts Bruises Cuts. I find it inspiring to see a group of friends who have been playing together for 13 years and even with minimal success, still enjoy playing together and take the time to make music, seemly simply for the fun of making music.

And their music is fun... so dance you scrawny white boy... dance.

-Here you'll find me black and green, played to death this fantastic machine