DUMBLUCK

DUMBLUCK

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DUMBLUCK is a three-piece unit whose universal sound and song writing connects and speaks to the masses. With an energetic fusion of rock and reggae, some have dubbed DUMBLUCK "The Police" for the new millennium.

Biography

DUMBLUCK dynamically infuses punk-influenced rock with an undercurrent of bouncy reggae rhythms and funky stylings—resulting in a distinct sound that some have dubbed as The Police for the new millennium.

Hailing from Los Angeles and Orange County, the So-Cal trio features Jim Perkins on guitar and lead vocals, Phil Valdovinos on drums and Johnny Baldaray on bass and vocals. No strangers to the local music scene, this hard-hitting band has developed a reputation for commanding, high-energy live shows. Rapidly amassing fervent fans, DUMBLUCK have shared the stage with Bad Religion, Pepper, Unwritten Law, Alien Ant Farm, Long Beach Shortbus, Violent Femmes, Fishbone, Voodoo Glow Skulls and Junior Reid to name a few.

DUMBLUCK first gained national exposure when their adrenaline-rushed sound was embraced by the X Games, who handpicked the band’s exuberant cover of ‘70’s funk group, Rare Earth’s “I Just Want To Celebrate” as the anthem for the 2004 Summer X Games. The tune grabbed the attention of ESPN, who then had the band record renditions of CCR’s “The Night Time is the Right Time” and J Geils Band’s “House Party” for use as the theme music for the cable network’s “Sunday Night Baseball” in ’05 and it’s College Basketball coverage in ’06.

Soon after, DUMBLUCK headed back into the studio to finish recording a full-length album with co-producers the Wizards of Oz. With their debut album, “Sweetmilk Underground” (released April 2006) DUMBLUCK has accomplished the difficult feat of capturing the band’s live intensity on record. Featuring twelve stellar tracks, the album effortlessly shifts gears between edgier, emotional tunes (“One Life More”, “Down for Whatever”) and bouncy, laidback melodies (“Real Again”, “Permanent”.) Currently assaulting the airwaves are “Favorite Song” and “Far Inside”—getting spins on Southern California’s alt-rock station, X103.9 FM.

Themes of moving on and moving up are featured prominently on the record; “During the making of this album, every one of us lost a job, a girlfriend—and went through some kind of drama,” laughs Perkins, who writes the lyrics, “We’re all at a different place from where we started, and listening to the songs is like looking through a yearbook for me.” The arc of their personal changes are evident throughout “Sweetmilk Underground” both lyrically and sonically; from the band’s early recording of the poignant and riff-heavy “What About You” (What about you, what about me? What about the promises I can never keep?) to the last track recorded for the album, the fast and loose “Rollaway” (Everything’s going to be fine, you know these things take their time, so take your time).

The cover art for “Sweetmilk Underground” depicts the band’s lucky rabbit logo encircled by a ring of waves, dice, playing cards, skulls and guitars— illustrates DUMBLUCK’s outlook, “It’s about our home by the ocean, taking risks, being lucky and making music your life,” explains Baldaray, who designed the album cover. Mindful of the serendipitous chain of events that has led them this far, a self-effacing Perkins expresses, “Our name also acknowledges how positive outcomes have fallen into place for us from bad situations, out of, well, a bit of dumb luck.”

DUMBLUCK’s philosophy of letting things fall into place extends to their music. While DUMBLUCK could be considered part of the new generation of bands fueling the pop-punk resurgence, the band’s eclectic, versatile sound refuses to be categorized in a tidy genre. And that’s the way they like it. “To me, the biggest complement to our music is that ten different people have come up me with ten different favorite songs,“ says Valdovinos.

Lyrics

Real Again

Written By: Jim Perkins

Every time I leave this place
I forget to remember you
With that Dumb look on your face
It could never be so true
Did you realize I was gone?
Didn’t you think I would move on?
Come on
Its impossible to see what everybody wants you to

Take a look through your eyes and tell me how you feel
Now that things are real again again
Take a look through your eyes before you leave me here

I can finally breathe
I'm standing on my own two feet
And walking back to sleep
I think I'll never wake again
And I can finally see
My eyes are open wide and their
Finally working
And everything looks real again to me

Everybody needs their space
And you know I need mine form you
I do things at my own pace
If you don’t mind I'd like to choose
Did you recognize this song?
Didn’t you think I would move on?
Come on
Its impossible to see
What everybody wants you to

Take a look through your eyes and tell me how you feel
Now that things are real again again
Take a look through your eyes
Before you leave me here

didnt you think I would move on
come on
its impossible to see what everybody wants you to

take a look throgh your eyes and tell me how you feel
now that things are real again again
take a look through your eyes before you leave me here

I can finally breathe
I'm standing on my own two feet
and walking back to sleep
I think I'll never wake again
And I can finally see
my eyes are open wide and their
finally working
and everything looks real again to me

Everybody needs thier space
and you know I need mine form you
I do things at my own pace
if you dont mind I'd like to choose
did you recognize this song
didnt you think I would move on
come its impossible to ee
what everybody wants you to

take a look through your eyes and tell me how you feel
now that things are real again again
take a look through your eyes
before you leave me here



Favorite Song

Written By: Jim Perkins

i HAD A THOUGHT IN MY HEAD BUT i COULDNT FIND THE TIME TO BRING IT UP TO YA
i GOT OUTTA BED AND HAD A SCOW FOR NOW ITS GOTTA HOLD ME OVER
SLEEP IN MY EYE IVE GOTTA TRY TO RECUPERATE FROM LAST NIGHT
WITH THE CHANGE IN MY POCKET
I COULDNT AFORD TO BUY MYSELF SOME TIME PUT ON MY SHOES AND WALK IT ITS A DAILY GRIND
MY MY SOMETHINGS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING
COME AND TAKE A LOK AT WHAT YOU BEEN MISSING

SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS ON THE RADIO
LETS THROW A REGGAE PARTY ON THE PATIO
YOU AINT GOT NO AFRODISIAC
THIS PARTIES BUNK I WANT MY MUTHER FUCKIN MONEY BACK

THIS FOREVER WILL BE MY SONG
DELIVER ME FROM NIGHTS THAT LAST TOO LONG
WAY TOO LONG
THIS FOREVER WILL BE MY SONG
WHENEVER THINGS GO RIGHT OR THINGS GO WRONG
WAY WAY TOO WRONG

THIS IS MORE LIKE IT
THIS IS MY FAVORITE SONG
THIS IS MORE LIKE IT

i HAD A THOUGHT IN MY HEAD BUT i COULDNT FIND THE TIME TO BRING IT UP TO YA
BLACKED OUT MY WAY HOME AGAIN HANGIN OVER
SLEEP IN MY EYE iVE GOTTA TRY BUT CAN i TRUST MY SOUL TODAY
REUNITE ME WITH MY FAMILY DONT TRY TO CRAM IN ME VISIONS OF FAME
HOLY CRAP i THINK i FINALY FOUND A CROWD THAT FEELS THE SAME SINGIN
MY MY SOMTHINGS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING
COME AND TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT YOU BEEN MISSING

NEVER LET IT GO