When the music of Dabbler kicks in on Side A, you are taken on a musical odyssey. With a name like Dabbler, I kind of expected this band to dabble more into different genres, but in hindsight I guess that would have sounded awful and I enjoy the fact that they’re sticking with the rock.
A distorted cloud of fuzz comes out and recalls anything from High Pop to Nirvana (“Nevermind” and prior) There is a certain amount of craziness ala the B-52’s, and while it can get instrumental at times, there are also a lot of just straight up killer guitar riffs. In that sense it reminds me of something a little more classic such as Mott the Hoople.
As we journey through five songs of about “normal” length, we go into Side B with only one really long song taking up the whole time slot. It’s instrumental through, goes faster at times than others and could easily be a jam session but mostly reminds me of how sometimes bands can drift from their charted course when playing songs live to extend them for whatever reason.