New Wave Pioneer Kevin Dunn for Tour

 

String of northeast
dates to mark recently released anthology.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Pioneering post-punk guitarist, songwriter, and producer
Kevin Dunn, whose provocatively idiosyncratic musical contributions are being
rediscovered by a new generation via the release of the anthology No Great
Lost: Songs, 1979-1985
(Casa Nueva), will embark on a rare northeast tour
this September. The tour combines full-length concert performances with
mini-concerts at selected independent record shops, and represent his first
northeastern performances in over three decades.

 

In the BLURT review of the album, our writer called it  “…an essential introduction to the artistry of
this unheralded hero of American post-punk, whose combination of hyper-literate
lyricism, angular, envelope-pushing guitar playing (think Glenn Phillips of the
Hampton Grease Band meets Bill Nelson of Be-Bop Deluxe) and a voice that brings
to mind a Dixie Tom Verlaine is long overdue for rediscovery.”

A pivotal figure in the Atlanta/Athens new wave renaissance of the late ‘70s
and early ‘80s, Dunn co-founded the legendary Fans (among the very first
art-rock/new wave bands in the southeast) and co-produced seismic early
releases by the B-52’s (their seminal “Rock Lobster” 45) and Pylon (their
“Cool” 45 and the Gyrate album, recently reissued by DFA). Between 1979
and 1985, he released a series of ingenious, widely acclaimed art-pop solo
projects, welding brainy, inquisitive lyrics to off-kilter, insidiously catchy
melodies, with his undulating, thickly processed guitar acting as the bonding
agent.

The twenty-one tracks of No Great Lost: Songs, 1979-1985 include Dunn’s
solo debut LP The Judgement of Paris in its entirety, fully restored
from the original multi-track master tapes, augmented with selections from
prior and subsequent LPs, EPs, a singles – including a rare Fans a-side.
Positive initial media reaction (see below) has inspired Dunn to take to the
road for the first time since the Fans played at such punk landmarks as New York City’s CBGB and Boston’s the Rat.

Tour Dates:

Wednesday, September 15        Crooked
Beat           
              
Washington, DC
Friday, September
17           
    The Lily
Pad           
               
Cambridge, MA
Saturday, September
18            Mystery
Train Records           
Amherst, MA
Monday, September
20            Permanent
Records           
       Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, September
21            Joe’s
Pub           
           
           New York, NY

 

 

[Photo Credit: Priscilla G. Smith]

 

 

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