One amp. One mic. One person. Countless hooks. That’s the Dazy formula. Since first releasing the single Bright Lights b/w Accelerate in August 2020, Dazy mastermind James Goodson has been writing, recording, and releasing new music like a man on the hunt to find the best pop hook, and he won’t stop until he’s put all of them into his songs. Showcasing a unique set of influences, Dazy’s sound marries thumping drum machine beats, blasts of feeding back guitar, and sugar-sweet hooks into something that sounds like Godflesh covering Oasis—or maybe the other way around. With lean songwriting that recalls Teenage Fanclub but a home-recorded production style better suited for Big Black, Goodson builds a constant churn of abrasive, consuming noise and then makes it catchier than anyone else would ever dare to.
Dazy released two EPs, Revolving Door and The Crowded Mind, in 2021, the latter of which landed on Stereogum’s ‘25 Great EPs From 2021’ list.’ Ever-prolific, all of those songs and more appeared on Dazy’s August 2021 collection, MAXIMUMBLASTSUPERLOUD: The First 24 Songs (Convulse Records), which was also included on multiple year-end lists such as Paste’s ‘50 Best Albums of 2021’ and ‘40 Best Rock Albums of 2021,’ and The Alternative’s ‘50 Top Records of 2021’—in addition to garnering praise from Stereogum (“…sticky, fuzzy, overwhelmingly catchy power-pop, and it’s got hooks for days”), Bandcamp Daily (‘New & Notable’), and MAXIMUMROCKNROLL (“Absolutely ridiculous ‘90s college rock hook-laden pop”), among others.
Dazy also released a collaborative single, “Pressure Cooker,” with Militarie Gun in March 2022, which was praised by Pitchfork (“California hardcore meets East Coast fuzz-pop on this feel-good blast of ’90s-style alt-rock”), Stereogum (#1 Song of the Week), KEXP (‘Song of the Day’), The FADER, Revolver, The Guardian (UK), Brooklyn Vegan, and more—including the #5 spot on Paste’s ‘Best Songs of 2022 So Far’ list.
In August of 2022 Dazy returned again with the release of a new two-song single Rollercoaster Ride b/w Peel. The songs showcase both sides of Dazy’s noise pop dynamic and drew praise from the likes of Stereogum, The FADER, Paste Magazine, BrooklynVegan, and more. The new single also celebrates Dazy joining the Lame-O Records roster, so stay tuned for more to come.
FFO early Green Day, Gin Blossoms, Sum 41.
Graham Hunt is a Wisconsin based guitarist and songwriter. His compositions have been associated with many bands throughout his decades plus career, including Milwaukee’s Midnight Reruns and Sundial Mottos, but lately he’s been focused on releasing them under his own name. His latest effort “If You Knew Would You Believe It?” is a journey—Hunt confidently delivers a collection of music that tackles power pop from every possible sonic angle. Occasionally it leans into a distinctly Manchester aesthetic, from the whispering, neo-psychedelic chug of “Speeding Towards A Wall” to the strung out lo fi hang “Stripes,” and at other times Hunt finds comfort in a quieter Elliott smith influenced style. Hunt’s penchant for memorable riffs as well as impressive lyrical work remain at the forefront of his music, nicely complementing an increasingly refined incorporation of lightly nostalgic late ’90s and early ’00s alt-rock touchstones. Through all of the familiarity, Hunt has managed to develop a style that feels authentically singular, an honest extension of his own tastes, preferences, and experiences.
This show is at Cactus Club, located at 2496 S Wentworth Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207.