Friday, September 16, 2011

The Death of Double Dagger

Double Dagger Live Photo
Earlier this week Baltimore's art punk hero's, Double Dagger announced that they would be calling it a day with a final string of shows, culminating in final hometown gig on October 21st at Ottobar. That show will arrive nine years and two months from the date of the bands first performance. You may recall we wrote about the band back in 2009 here and more recently here . Double Dagger drew us in with their minimalist approach of drums, vocals, and bass played through four amps, not to mention the awesome racket they made. However overtime and subsequent releases the band revealed a dynamic balanced by visceral noise, clarity and even a bit of humor. Not to mention their staggering live shows. We're sad to see them go. The band will not play Boston, in this final go round, however we're not averse to a road trip to catch Double Dagger's epic conclusion.

In a statement posted on the bands website Double Dagger gives this explanation for the break up, "Like any relationship's end, it's complex, but for us it mostly comes down to time. As the band got older and grew and changed, the people in it did too, and our individual lives are pulling us towards other pursuits. With this in mind, we decided to focus on playing a few final shows in some of our favorite cities, and go out on a high note instead of slowing fading away. We still like the music, the shows, and each other, and we think it's best to bring things to a close while we can still devote our full energy to this music". You can read the entire statement here.

The trio of Denny Bowen, Nolan Strals, and Bruce Willen have been busy recording tracks for a posthumous release and planning Double Daggers' final shows, which are listed below.

Live Dates:

Oct 12 Baltimore, MD Charm City Art Space
Oct 13 Detroit, MI The Berkley Front
Oct 14 Chicago, IL Ultra Lounge w/ Call Me Lightning
Oct 15 Chicago, IL TBA
Oct 16 Cleveland, OH Now That's Class w/ Megachurch, Clan of the Cave Bear
Oct 19 Washington, DC Black Cat w/ Imperial China
Oct 20 Brooklyn, NY Death By Audio w/ AIDS Wolf, Zomes
Oct 21 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar w/ Awesome Special Guests!

Double Dagger Live at Death By Audio in Brooklyn 5/2/2010

Double Dagger - "Sleeping with the TV On" from Sean Ruch on Vimeo.

Photo Courtesy of Frank Hamilton

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