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Photos / Danielle Defoe Danny Dodge checks all the boxes in your new playlist additions. The rocker made his mark on the Portland music scene before heading to LA and releasing his solo debut Baby, Let Me Be Your Mess.
Listen to a new song from Dodge’s debut solo record ‘ Baby, Let Me Be Your Mess.’
Having been a fixture in the Portland music scene for the better part of a decade as front man for both No Tomorrow Boys and The Criminal Guitars, Danny Dodge’s first solo effort, “Baby, Let Me Be Your Mess” is a notable departure from the garage/punk of his former bands. Showcasing jangled power-pop riffs and clever lyrical hooks, Dodge’s new found project will relate more to the likes of The Byrds and Tom Petty than the punk of old. Songs like “You Need a Man, Not a Hurrican’” and “Worry ‘Bout Ya” cut to the heart of fond memories, romanticizing the listener with a 70’s era blast made by a front seat rock radio. The lyrical wordplay in songs like “Yakima Canutt” recall Dylan-esque motifs, smacked with a sense of dark humor Dodge acquired from long nights obsessing inside the American songbook. His obsession with things passed not only shaped him as a songwriter, but as a believer in the immortality of the hook. Enlisting the help of Dodge’s right hand man, Randal Blaschke on guitar, Roselit Bone’s Matt Mayhem and Victor Franco on bass and drums, respectively, Criminal Guitars’ Jacob Decker on organ and Jenny Don’t on backup vocals, Dodge built a powerful backing band to give life to the songs. The result is a 10 song collision of rock and country, diving into the well of Roger Miller and Stones-era Beggar’s Banquet with relative ease. Cut mostly live in a two day window at Portland’s Get Loud with Matt Drenik at the helm, there’s no denying the urgency and spirit of this Portland rock ’n’ roll band.
Welcome, Danny Dodge.
The Dodge Gang :
Danny Dodge – Vocals, Guitar // Randal Blaschke – Guitar // Matt Mayhem – Bass, Vocals // Victor Franco – Drums // Jakob Decker – Keys // Jenny Don’t – Vocals
- Recent Press :
“Dodge has thrown a curve ball to long time listeners…. This time he chooses to win them over with pop hooks and jangly guitars.”
– Jerad Walker // OPB Music
“As frontman for the punky, soulful, garage rockers The No Tomorrow Boys and The Criminal Guitars, his debut solo effort has a pop swagger—one that’s sometimes bluesy, sometimes country, sometimes folksy, and sometimes whatever it wants to be.”
– Chris Young // Vortex Magazine