Press Play: Dingus
Written by Yong Los
The Chicago-area music scene is always ripe with new, energetic bands that are pushing to make themselves stand out from the rest of the crowd. Among them are four-piece emo surf outfit, Dingus. While fairly new to the world, Dingus have already set themselves apart from their peers with their first release, ‘I Was Never a Boy Scout.’
Dingus have a very Blue Album-era Weezer sound. The rhythms are very straightforward, allowing the lead guitars to provide an extra kick to the mix. The secret weapon to their signature sound is the rotary effect used throughout the EP. In tracks like “Jack Campbell (Quick Jammer)” and “Trash,” the rotary effect gives the guitars a little more oomph.
Lyrically, the band tackles issues such as heartbreak and self-loathing. Despite how common these topics may be, Dingus manages to dodge clichés in their writing, delivering lines that hit harder and cut deeper.
What Dingus brings to the table is quite refreshing amidst a never-ending sea of copycats. Having only been a band for a year, there is a lot of room for Dingus to grow. Expect to see more of them in 2016 and be sure to catch them at a show near you.
You can stream Dingus’ debut EP below.