Dumb Waiter’s GRSLN, out May 15 on their new album, TSK, is quite an earful. Check it out here.
“Tsk is the most “Dumb Waiter” album yet,” the band says. “sWe stripped down our sound and took a less-is-more approach, especially in the rhythm section. ‘GRSLN’ is a song that came together in the weeks leading up to recording Tsk. We wrote it in a cold, defunct gym that had a calcified stool sample in the toilet.
“Someone had to get there at least 30 minutes before everyone else got there to make sure both of the space heaters where running so it would be warm enough to play in. I think we explored sonic territory we hadn’t touched on before. It’s ugly; it’s menacing, and its kinda like the space we were in when we were writing it.”
Formed in 2012 in Richmond, VA, Dumb Waiter were founded by Nick Crider and Nathaniel Roseberry. As Nick explains it, the band’s formation came out of humorous necessity:
“Back then, I was the booking agent at non-profit venue space, and I had booked Lightning Bolt and wanted to be a complete brat and play the show as well. So, I asked Nathaniel to start a noise power violence band. After a few practices, Nath brought in more players (Tristan Brennis and Keith Paul) and Dumb Waiter was formed.”
Since then, the band has mutated to what could be described as avant-garde jazz rock, looking to move away from being pigeonholed into the “mathrock” label that they generally don’t relate to.
Tsk was recorded by Kevin Bernsten (Full of Hell, Magrudergrind, Weekend Nachos, Noisem) at Developing Nations in Baltimore. Mastered by James Plotkin. the album will be available digitally, on limited-edition cassette, and limited-edition vinyl (250 copies on solid mint with black splatter) May 15.