CC Dust, “Never Going to Die” (Perennial/Night School)
CC Dust is a project involving MaryJane Dunphy, lead singer of frabjulicious Olympia, WA punk band Vexx, and David Jacques. With “Never Going to Die”, she brings the energy and passion of that band from the pit to the dance floor.
Dunphy here sounds a bit like a combo of Alison Moyet and Lene Lovich, croon-whooping over a long lost 4AD track, with Jacques weaving a Hooky baseline. The deep echo and reverb overlay on the bass and vintage-sounding programmed beats cloak the song’s glistening new wave bedrock in a bit of a goth and early industrial chill – whatever you want to call it, it’s a well-crafted track as good for dancing to as it is for just being with.
As it is with Vexx, Dunphy’s voice inhabits the song. Moving from gutteral to delicate and back, it’s physicality caroms around, over and through the melody in a way similar to Dunphy’s live presence (check the video below), further animating the already dramatic arrangement.
Recorded last year, “Never Going to Die” is taken from a forthcoming, 5 track 12” ep, due soon(?) from Perennial (US – preorder here) and Night School (Europe). Speaking of Europe, CC Dust is playing dates therein (venues included where I could find).
5 – Osramhuset, Copenhagen (DK) 7 – Hamburg (DE) 8 – De Gym, Groningen (NL) 9 – Butcher’s Tears, Amsterdam (NL) 10 – Au Picolo, Paris (FR) 11 – DIY Space, London (UK) 12 – Hope & Ruin, Brighton (UK) 13 – Undertone, Cardiff (UK) 14 – Tenterhooks, Dublin (IRE) 15 – Barcelona, Sala Almo2Bar (SP) 18 – Valencia (SP) 19 – Logroño (SP) 21 – Leeds (UK) 22 – The Poetry Club, Glasgow (UK) 23 – Servant Jazz Quarters, London (UK) 24 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester (UK) 25 – Berlin (DE) 27 – Klub Famu, Prague (CZ)