Arjuna Oakes & Serebii release "Tired Faces," the first single off the forthcoming Final Days EP due out on October 14, 2022
Oakes and Serebii, a.k.a. Callum Mower, met while playing sold out shows together, but they knew then that it was just the beginning of something bigger. They were serving as hired guns in a popular surf rock band, touring their native Aotearoa New Zealand in mid-size venues, tearing it up, helping others realize their musical vision. That was great, but the friendship forged between the two of them in the process was the real bounty: “We got on like a house on fire,” says Mower. “And we’d end up sticking together through festivals or hanging out at parties.”
Chicago-based five-piece, Dendrons are sharing their new single, "Wait in Line" – it's the latest to be lifted from their forthcoming second album, 5-3-8 which is out on August 26. The band announced the record alongside their signing to Innovative Leisure last month with "Double Ending" which was tipped at Under the Radar upon release – the new single, which comes with an animation directed by Rapapawn Studio's Óscar Raña and Cynthia Alfonso doubles down on the band's agitated Krautrock-inflected art-rock which has previously found them open for the likes A Place to Bury Strangers, Omni, FRIGS and The KVB. The band will be touring the US later this month/next with dates in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and more – full run below.
5-3-8 – titled as a reference to the lyrical refrain that appears at a few points of the album of “fifths, thirds, octaves only” – was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas and Highland Recording Studio in Phoenix, Arizona; it was produced by Tony Brant and Sonny Di Perri (Protomartyr, DIIV, Nine Inch Nails, Animal Collective, Emma Ruth Rundle, Dirty Projectors) before being mastered at Elysian Sound by Dave Cooley. "Wait in Line" showcases bubblegum-pop-adjacent guitar lines and Motorik beats – it ebbs and flows throughout, showing dynamic to the band's sound and ability to blend the loud with occasional moments of respite.
Speaking about the single, singer/guitarist, Dane Jarvie says: "The song is influenced by “The Lottery in Babylon,” a short story by the magical realism author, Jorge Luis Borges. Dealing with the role that chance supposedly plays in life, and a political and socio-economic system that operates and revolves around that variable as dogma, followed by its subsequent corruption of it. In many ways, it is a criticism of the human tendency to claim dominion of nature and capitalize on it anyway."
Jun 23 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Walrus
Jun 24 - Tampa, FL @ Hooch & Hive
Jun 25 - Charleston, SC @ Cutty's Elliotborough
Jun 26 - Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room
Jun 27 - Atlanta, GA @ 529
Jun 29 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
Jun 30 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel
Jul 01 - New York City, NY @ Berlin
Jul 02 - Philadelphia @ Century Bar
Jul 03 - New York City, NY @ Trans-Pecos
Jul 05 - Baltimore, MD @ Downsquares
Jul 06 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge
Jul 07 - Asheville, NC @ Fleetwood's
Jul 08 - Nashville, TN @ TBA