Over the past decade, it’s become increasingly in vogue for bands to pay lip service to 90s alt-rock, but many of them capture only the most surface-level cosmetic elements, missing the critical components that defined that decade’s underground scene. A chorus pedal, a Big Muff, and a flannel don’t go far on their own merits. To put it bluntly, many groups fundamentally do not “get it”. But Baltimore, MD’s Dosser absolutely does.
Where many of their contemporaries are little more than thinly-veiled pop punk acts doing retro cosplay, Dosser gets at the core of what made 90s guitar rock such a compelling force. From leads that hearken back to early Weezer, massive riffs that evoke Jawbox, and razor-sharp pop-rock sensibilities that bring to mind the Foo Fighters’ debut LP, this is a band synthesizing the best parts of various forms into their own potent formula.
Formed in the summer of 2018 by Will Teague, Bret Lanahan, Eric Dudley, and Max Detrich, Dosser’s debut EP finds a band playing at a level well beyond what their short lifespan might suggest and is about as strong an opening volley as it gets.
|"The album manages to feel current while still being a fitting nod to ’90s grunge. Something attempted by many but achieved by few... Each track on [Brainscan] is exceptionally tight and well put together... An incredibly enjoyable 20 minutes which takes you back to bowl cuts, skateboards, and scuffed Converse." - Overblown Magazine|
|"Baltimore, MD-based band Dosser calls back to the ‘90s with an invigorating pastiche, evoking the best of the days of grunge, pop-punk, and alt-rock." - Under the Radar Magazine|
|"Where many of their contemporaries are little more than thinly-veiled pop-punk acts doing retro cosplay, Dosser gets at the core of what made 90s guitar rock such a compelling force... This is a band synthesizing the best parts of various forms into their own potent formula." - Grey Gordon [Demolisten Podcast]|
Released January 22, 2021
Recorded and Mixed by Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio
Album Artwork by David Van McAleer