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Alex Dezen (of The Damnwells) And His Band

Mike Dunn

March 4

Doors: 7:30 pm /

Show: 8:30 pm

10.00 / Day Of : $12.00

It’s official. The Damnwells are done. “It was an amazing run,” says Alex Dezen. “But it’s time to
move on.” 16 years, 5 albums, and countless miles later, Dezen is finally stepping out on his own
with his second solo album in two years. Truth be told, the tenuous formation which has carried
the Damnwells moniker over the last decade and a half has always featured Dezen’s voice and
songs front and center. Both 2007’s One Last Century 2010’s No One Listens to the Band Anymore
employed a wide net of musicians and friends, often without founding members Steven
Terry, Ted Hudson, and David Chernis. So, in many ways, II, the second solo album from Damnwells
frontman, is just a continuation of what Dezen has been doing his entire career. Only it isn’t
that at all.

From the fuzzed-out refrains of “When You Give Up” to the lush harmonies of “Everything’s Great
(Everything’s Terrible)” to the acoustic folkie life lessons of “The Boys of Bummer,” II showcases
the creative spark of an artist coming into his prime — a songwriter who has been able to deftly
thread the needle between his past, present, and future. II, which is being released on February 3,
2017 on Poor Man Records, remains undaunted, pushing artistic boundaries like never before.

“In many ways,” says Dezen, “the job of an artist is to re-examine what came before. That informs
what we do next.” Taken as a whole, II displays a penchant for blending both retro and modern
sounds to forge something new, yet still creating something catchy enough to hook the listener on
the very first spin. “My intention when I made this record was not to make an ’80s record,” Dezen
clarifies. “But as soon as I got the guitar in my hands and started messing around with chords and
getting further along into the production and the writing, it just went that way — and it felt very
natural to me.”

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