Baltimore, MD indie rockers Dosser share their video for “Dark Air” — a new single off Violent Picture/Violent Sound out January 20th, 2023 on Really Rad Records
“‘Dark Air’ is about a handful of close friends that passed away or took their lives when I was younger” writes vocalist Bret Lanahan. “I wrote some of the lyrics a long time ago but could never put them in a song. The older I get the more I think about them. I see them more in my dreams now than I ever used to.”
“The dreams are mostly happy.” Lanahan continues, “We’re all friends again, but even in the dream I’m aware that it can’t be real. It’s a lot of self reflection and wondering if there was anything I could have done to help. It’s probably the heaviest song on the album for me but I enjoy playing it because it reminds me of old friends I haven’t seen in a long time.”
Over the past decade, it’s become increasingly in vogue for bands to pay lip service to 90s alt rock, but many of them capture only the most surface level cosmetic elements, missing the critical components that defined that decade’s underground scene. A chorus pedal, a Big Muff, and a flannel don’t go far on their own merits. To put it bluntly, many groups fundamentally do not “get it”. But Baltimore, MD’s Dosser absolutely does.
Where many of their contemporaries are little more than thinly-veiled pop punk acts doing retro cosplay, Dosser gets at the core of what made 90s guitar rock such a compelling force. From leads that hearken back to early Weezer, massive riffs that evoke Jawbox, and razor-sharp pop-rock sensibilities that bring to mind the Foo Fighters’ debut LP, this is a band synthesizing the best parts of various forms into their own potent formula.
Formed in the summer of 2018 by Will Teague, Bret Lanahan, Eric Dudley, and Max Detrich, Dosser’s debut LP finds a band playing at a level well beyond what their short lifespan might suggest. Coming out on Really Rad Records in January 2023, Violent Picture / Violent Sound is about as strong an opening volley as it gets.