Standout Track: No. 3, “Oolong Way From Home,” from D.C. duo Dove Lady’s latest EP, D. The track kicks off with a deluge of reverb and atmospheric vocals before launching into a spazzy riff, sending it straight into the stratosphere of angular, jazzy post-hardcore. With D, Jeremy Ray and Andrew Thawley continue to push even further the wide-ranging scope of their musical influences: Spazzy emo, free jazz, and hardcore punk are all clear sonic influences on the duo, but the band manages to carve out a sound all its own.
Musical Motivation: Playing music is perhaps one of the most vulnerable acts you can perform, especially if your songs are personal reflections or musings. Emotion fuels songwriting, but it can just as easily fuel the social anxiety and fear that comes with sharing it. That’s what “Oolong Way From Home” is about, Ray and Thawley say: The song “focuses on how the fear of being misunderstood can inhibit one’s ability to convey ideas.”
Little Rascals: D is Dove Lady’s fourth EP. Any guesses on the names of the first three? Points if you guessed A, B, and C. “We had this ongoing joke that we were going to put out five songs for each letter of the alphabet, and then it became less of a joke when we decided to release A,” the band says. Ray and Thawley plan to release 26 EPs in a project they’ve nicknamed “the Alfalfa Bet,” because “if one of us calls it quits before reach Z, that person has to get their hair cut like Alfalfa.”
Dove Lady performs with Big Ups and Bleary Eyed Saturday at 10 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.