Dva Damas ‎– Dva Damas

Downwards ‎– DO 5
Vinyl, 10", White


A Brand New Head
B See Me
BB Time Dilation


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  • Other: DO 5 etched in runout groove

Other Versions (2 of 2) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DO05 Dva Damas Dva Damas(3xFile, FLAC, Single) Downwards DO05 UK 2011
DO05 Dva Damas Brand New Head(3xFile, MP3, Single) Downwards DO05 UK 2014



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June 20, 2010
Apparently, Dva Damas is the latest Downwards Records acquisition, a band hailing from California (USA), influenced by the Richard Brautigan novel "The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western", NYC punk, rock heads in leather jackets, tight ripped jeans and spiked bracelets, and eighties lo-fi earsplitting industrial sound.
All tracks have a raw, if not striaght from a garage jamming session sound to them, meaning they reek trash attitude, polychromatic arrangements and sounds, as the vocalist, Taylor Burch, sings like a toughest imaginable chick with a scornful facial expression constantly slightly raising one corner of the upper lip.
All three tracks are covered with a veil of the macabre and the grim, but it's all for the better. If the last Sandra Electronics saw Downwards venture back into the acid drenched end of the sixties with its slow, comatose sound, then Dva Damas throws the label back into a time machine some fifteen years ahead; a world full of discretely cheeky synth stabs, blunt self confidence and intentionally slightly disaccorded live instruments.
I can imagine this sounding as cool as you want it to be in a small, cosy smoked filled venue, where everyone is either friends or relatives to Dva Damas, or just some curious lost souls eager to catch a glimpse of something new.
I don't know what to say here. This is so far and different from anything I've ever listened to before that it's really difficult for me to provide you, the reader, with any similar recommendation. If anything, I am a dedicated Downwards follower, and if there is any credit to this release, it's that of being a potential eye opener. People who have been following the label's output have most probably noticed their recent tendency to flirt with stuff from all over the map, and for reference only check [DO 1], [DO 2], [DO 3], [DO 4] and the conspicuously new, already highly sought after "H" album by Acarus Galvanicus [tonism01].
As much I really want to like this, just as about any other Downwards release, more time will be de rigeur this time around, so I can properly accustom myself to frequent exposures of their sound. Regardless, See Mee sounds awesome, and I regret it being so short, while Brand New Head has a guitar solo which could have been introduced in one of those old Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers. Or maybe not? Time Dilation has a raw guitar riff and lyrics about crossing the line, delivered in a very distinct snotty - with a full nasal discharge manner, and I don't mean for it to sound like a bad remark. Her effort to sound different and, well, unconcerned is striking, despite the fact this whole 10" is as long as some single tracks released on Downwards well over a decade ago.
What I can assure you is that this is retrospectively chic vintage old new wave, if that construction makes any more sense than Dva Damas lyrics. Worth giving a try, after all, it's Downwards people, and at the very least, it will raise an eyebrow, regardless of whose facial characteristics are we talking about.