let me tell you about TERMINATION DUST
January 13, 2020
Full of bright, dreamy pop tracks while also delivering a punk-leaning vulnerability through moments for the anxious and existential, Termination Dust’s new album Growing Down shows a vast range for such a young band, calling to mind inspirations like Built to Spill, The Courtneys and Modern Baseball.
Today the Alaskan/Minnesotan three-piece shares a new song from Growing Down in “Deep Deep Deep” –– here, dual vocalist/guitarists Jaybird Parkhurst (she/her) and Stefanie Vigoren (she/her) use repetition in such a brilliant way, building and layering pop and electronic sounds until the track quite literally explodes.
“Cold air, cold hands, bated breath, unexpected tryst.”
The opening lines of Termination Dust’s new album Growing Down, out January 24, 2020 on Glacial Pace Recordings, says a lot about how the three-piece first came to exist. In the chill of Anchorage, Alaska, the independent music community is thriving and healthy despite the cities isolation and moderate population. Because there’s just not that many people around, shows up there are always mixed bills; indie bands playing alongside metal bands opening for folk/acoustic acts is the norm. It was at one of those shows that Jaybird and Stefanie first met, and another that they later met drummer Matt Harris (he/him).
Learning and growing, as you’ll find throughout Growing Down, is at the root of Termination Dust’s ethos; that, and to emulate Taking Back Sunday style vocals “but in a sweet way,” Jaybird laughs.
Today, Termination Dust is a long-distance band, with both Matt and Steffi now living in Minnesota while Jaybird remains in Alaska. Surprisingly, this entire album was written that way; back and forth over emails and Facebook group calls, Growing Down still grew into existence like the three of them were sitting on the same couch. This past January, though, they got together in Portland, OR to record at Ice Cream Studios with Mike Davis. The result is an album with a clear symmetry, pairing energetic dance rhythms to a sobering melancholy and blending it all together as one cohesive texture.
Termination Dust have been consistently touring the country since 2016, after the release of their debut album Familiar Eyes caught the attention of Modest Mouse and gave them their first opportunity to hit the road. Since, they haven’t been able to slow down, and will continue their way around the U.S. throughout 2020.
1/30/2020 Minneapolis, MN - Alleygators
1/31/2020 Mairon,IA - Plaster House
2/1/2020 Omaha, NE - O'leavers
2/3/2020 Denver, CO - TBA
2/5/2020 Arizona, AZ - Trunk Space
2/6/2020 San Diego, CA - TBA
2/7/2020 Sunland-Tujunga, CA - Subspace
2/8/2020 Berkeley, CA 924 - Gilman
2/9/2020 Santa Cruz, CA - TBA
2/10/2020 San Francisco, CA - Honey Hive Gallery
2/13/2020 Eugene, OR - Music masters
2/14/2020 Portland, OR - Firken Tavern
2/15/2020 Salem, OR - The Space
2/16/2020 Seattle, WA - Worm Hole
2/17/2020 Bellingham, WA - TBA
2/19/2020 Missoula, MT - TBA
2/20/2020 Bozeman, MT - Labor Temple
2/22/2020 Bizmark, ND Shop A
2/23/2020 Fargo, ND The Aquarium