Restless modern rock 5-piece, The Dumes, have shared their powerful statement of intent, “Neverlost”. Within its tight three-minute package, “Neverlost” delivers a striking reflection on breaking away from the past and building a future on your own terms. The track was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, Cherry Glazerr, The Killers) at the legendary Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, CA. His guiding hand showcasing The Dumes at their most dynamic, with amps burning hot, drums beat to breaking point, and singer Elodie Tomlinson’s vocals bursting at the seams with frustration. The result of a band performance that Elodie describes as ‘a collective temper tantrum’.
To really get to the heart of what makes The Dumes tick, it helps to consider that when you grow up as one of seven siblings as Elodie did, you better get loud if you want to get heard. It’s a spirit that she’s carried with her way beyond childhood. A spirit that finds home in her vocal delivery that rages, soars, and swoops with unwavering control, and her lyrics that speak on life’s experiences with candor and an affecting clarity. In these ways, her approach distills the lessons she’s learned from the female pioneers of new wave and rock that she grew up idolizing. Combine Elodie’s grit with Liam McCormack (bass), Chris Dunn (drums), and guitarists Peter Recine and Kyle Biane’s experiences hustling as working musicians on the L.A. scene and you get a band that knows exactly what it takes to cut through the noise. That way is not one that involves being cooped up indoors with their instruments plugged into a computer; It involves sweaty rehearsal rooms, stages across the city, and throwing themselves into their music with abandon.
In a bid to channel as much raw energy as possible on these new recordings, the band spent three days of pre-production finessing the songs with Chiccarelli before live-tracking the record at the legendary Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood. This extended process was essential for the band, who are bound together by a passion to painstakingly craft each of their songs into its strongest realization. In the spirit of keeping things authentic, no vocal tuning was applied and the bare minimum of editing took place. Kyle emphasizes, “our entire focus was on getting the best performances possible.” The studio has been located on Sunset Boulevard since 1952 and hosted a true who’s who of rock and pop greats including the Beach Boys, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, and Sheryl Crow. It speaks to the studio’s heritage that between takes, the band played H-O-R-S-E on a basketball hoop Prince had installed there during one of his many Sunset Sound recording sessions.