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by Dayton Swim Club

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m1ch1ganvulture This review is going to start like a Yelp ad: I never write anything about music. Mainly, because I don't listen to music. But Dayton Swim Club is on a different plane and is good enough that even the sensory sensitive can appreciate. The sound is melodic noir, and the lyrics are whip smart, so much so that you want to write them down. This is acoustic perfume, rich, textured, atmospheric. It's an album or our times, but more than that, Dayton Swim Club is certainly bound to be cult canon. Favorite track: Pillow Talk.
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biblebeltmusic An album for our time, of our time. Seedy, relentless and unapologetic. Rich with texture and soaked in atmosphere. Soundtrack for the end times that never end.
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suburbantrashman Greasy, jangly, lyrical...

Singers formant's dance together to provide the dark-triumphant dream-scape. Mario's guitars nod to the staples of the CA guitar lineage.

I like the rhyme scheme's of Night Breed
Lander's is an elegant soundscape.

I hear a group influenced by the pathos and quotidian of the Alpha City artist stratum.

Great album art as usual!
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batheselk Kinda like The Gun Club if it was fronted by Nick Cave and Grace Slick. Feral and seductive. Rage All Night is the standout but every cut is a hit.
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kernh This album lives up to the group's fantastic live performances. I've been listening to it on repeat. Hits a great spot. And definitely go catch them live if you can. Favorite track: Landers.
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_______mat Haunted and haunting, tough and catchy, a singular album. One of my favorites in recent memory. Don't sleep on it, don't get it twisted— DSC is the truth.
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Darker Moves 02:05
Pillow Talk 02:54
Night Breed 02:55
Landers 03:50
DSC 05:40


Perpetual Doom is proud to present the debut record from Dayton Swim Club...Hangman. Broadcasting on the lower frequencies of late-night Los Angeles, Dayton Swim Club is the project of songwriter Nick Flessa, guitarist Mario Luna, and vocalist Dominique Matelson. Their debut is a swirling evocation of suburban American discontent in seven immersive tracks—a midnight drive through the hellish landscape of the present.

On Hangman, Dayton Swim Club invite you to follow them down. This is a record of “Darker Moves,” excursions into the seedier corners of what frontman Nick Flessa calls the “American Death Cult.” Paired with Matelson’s operatic vocals, Flessa offers reverb-soaked observations of a world at once futuristic and downtrodden, where the people are as empty as the strip malls. “I see you on the concrete floor, fingers in her dress,” he sings on “Pillow Talk,” over Luna’s twisted jangle pop. That song narrates a teen slasher revenge fantasy in which a cast-aside victim returns to haunt her killer. But the villain makes his own return on the follow-up song, “Night Breed,” where tolling piano and layers of atmosphere accompany a tormented confessional. These scenes are drawn from the Midwestern suburbs of Flessa’s youth and the Californian border town where Luna grew up—places where violence simmered beneath the surface of daily life. That tension roils through the foggy “Landers,” as Flessa chants a kind of self-destructive mantra: “Be your own man. Be your own hang. Be your own hang, man.” And it explodes on the fragmented and driving “Predatory Drift.” Through each pulsing track, Dayton Swim Club channel the anger and absurdity of living through this day and age.

The record was produced and mixed by Mario Luna in the band’s DIY practice space in Los Angeles. Contributors include Jessica Perelman, Kirsten Bladh (Leggy), Pauline Lay, Greg Marino, and J.D. Carrera. Hangman is the perfect encapsulation of, in Flessa’s words, “a land plagued by the bad spirit of a manifest destiny to destroy everything, including oneself...where you have the freedom to use covid, booze, cigarettes, casinos and more to be your own hang, man.”

***This album will be included as a selection in our Doom Club tape of the month subscription.


released September 17, 2021

As a collaborative ensemble, Dayton Swim Club includes a number of Los Angeles musicians, Kirsten Bladh (Leggy) and Jessica Perelman (Fragile Gang) are regulars on bass and drums. Other collaborators on this record include Pauline Lay, J.D. Carrera, and Greg Marino (Oozelles), Kern Haug (Young Jesus), Ross Chait (Total Heat, Girlpool), John Dowd (Bible Belt), and John German (Laura Jean Anderson) have all contributed to the band's live show. Formerly known as Nick Flessa Band, Dayton Swim Club emerged as Mario Luna, Dominique Matelson, Jessica Perelman and Nick Flessa began to write together after touring in support of Flessa's Flyover States LP.


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