PREMIERE: Dories’ “Arms & Legs” resonates cool confidence

The Montreal jangle-pop band brings a pinch of math rock, a pinch of post-punk, and a subdued vocal performance.

- May 20, 2016

Montreal jangle-rockers Dories are back with a new single, "Arms & Legs." The song boasts propulsive drums layered beneath bouncing, slightly off-kilter guitar and stealthily competing rhythms.

There's a marked influence from Women (Dories originally hail from Calgary, where the disbanded post-punk band's legacy looms large), but it's clear they're creating something distinct. There's a pinch of math rock, a pinch of post-punk, and a subdued vocal performance that resonates a cool confidence.

In an email to Chart Attack, Dories described the genesis of the song as well as the challenges it posed while performing:

"I wrote the backbone of this song really quickly in an afternoon last winter so I thought it would be easy to get together," says Josef McGuigan. "We tried to play it at a couple of shows around that time but it was really hard for us at first to nail it live. Something about the competing rhythms just made it difficult to sound how we wanted it. It's a standard for our sets now but it took a few really shakey performances to get it there."

Dories are hitting the road with their friends in Doffing to celebrate the release of their new album. You can catch them at any of the following dates:

5/31 - Montreal, QC @ Drones Club
6/3 - Quebec City, QC @ Le Scanner
6/4 - Fredrickton, NB @ ReNeu Boutique
6/5 - Halifax, NS @ Khyber
6/5 - Halifax, NS @ Mod Mansion
6/6 - St John, NB @ Callahan's
6/12 - Hamilton, ON @ TBA
6/13 - London, ON @ TBA
6/14 - Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
6/15 - Guelph, ON @ TBA
6/17 - Thunder Bay, ON @ Apollo Theatre
6/18 - Winnipeg, MB @ TBA
6/19 - Saskatoon, SK @ TBA
6/20 - Edmonton, AB @ the Almanac
6/21 - Lethbridge, AB @ The Slice
6/22-6/25 Calgary AB @ Sled Island
6/27 - Winnipeg, MB @ YES WAVE
6/29 - Sudbury, ON  @ TBA
Dories' Outside Observer drops May 31st.

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