Saturday September 14
The self-titled debut release from Hamilton-based surfy-psych-pop five-piece Dizzy Spells has all the hallmarks of a band in chaotic control. From the opening waltz of the angular “Mark Zuckerberg”, to the spastic finale of “Offroading”, Dizzy Spells excel at crafting the curious, and at curating quirk. Dizzy Spells capture the realities of contemporary, modern life through sardonically bent quips, musings on the anxiety of time, finding happiness, interconnectivity, and the inevitable finality of death. Their lyrics are interlaced with jumpy, skittering guitar lead switchabouts by David Appleyard and Benjamin Schillaci, crunchy kraut-like bass by Ryan Fisher, asymmetrical, schizoid drum playing by Zach Vernon, and Damon Guyett’s moody, form-fitting keyboards. As the band has risen through four years of growing pains, this record is a proclamation, a stepping stone of sonic stability to rest upon, a declaration of a point and time in their lives when they were howling downhill with a channel-changed mind.