SPIRAL DUB is a sparkling-new assemblage of players from LIFE STINKS, MANE, DIIV and FUCKWOLF. Nothing new about disparate angles converging, but there’s a jarring, real-deal severity running through this new ensemble, making it one of the most impressive new acts in Subterranea.
Theirs is a laced party jive, spat in the spiritual tradition of massive-sound Mancunian legends, peppered with acid punk nihilism with bright beams of pop shining through the clouds. Vocalist CHAD KAWAMURA's poetics are a thing of pure and vile beauty. The band’s pile-on triple guitar approach is hypnotic, bursting with smarts and legitimately groovy. As past-it provocateurs and a force both live and on- record, Spiral Dub are at once a necessary antidote and stark affirmation of San Francisco’s current DIY Rock’N’Roll landscape, a scene where despite all appearances, no one ever actually wins.
Here then is the sound of confrontation through escape—a band exercising radical honesty while reaping the benefits of destructive behavior and deviant thought. Spiral Dub is heard on loop at the end-of-the-world rave, a tragicomic soiree where hearts continue to beat despite herculean efforts of self-sabotage, pumping fresh blood through each new bummer, navigating the sharp swirls of hallucinogenic damage, building a new home for human slime.