Dub Thompson = Pere Ubu + The Outsiders
Dub Thompson are a teenage duo with a somewhat bland name and a sound that ranges between the bands listed above or, as in “No Time,” a group like Trail of Dead bastardizing an English Beat cover. 9 Songs is a pretty decent record that I probably would not have sought out had it not been assigned for review. Its blown-out, low-end heavy brand of grit-pop may not be anything new — but the execution is skillfully and confidently rendered. The title track and “Pterodactyls,” because dinosaurs, are recommended as reference tracks. If you like those two, you’ll likely enjoy 9 Songs in its entirety. –T.H.