Slick, rapid and emphatic is what springs to mind when you listen to Glasgow band The Dunts. Formed in 2016, the punk four-piece have been building a steady stream of new followers after a busy schedule all the way through 2018 and 2019.
Rab, David, Colin and Kyle have been delivering “Self-proclaimed council punk” with a raw energetic sound in perfect 3-minute long anthems which have seen the band play a number of festivals over the last two years, including sets at TRNSMT, Electric Fields, as well as appearing on the BBC Music Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds.
With help in the production from Johnny Madden and Chris Marshall, the band have been able to maximise their social commentary along with their frenetic sound.
A headline sell-out gig at King Tut’s in the run up to Christmas 2018 saw the band finish the year on a high, but there was no time to stop, as in early 2019 the band returned to the stage in January to play Stereo in Glasgow before a trip across the pond to play at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas in March.Listen to the latest episode of the award-winning A Celtic State of Mind
The band have no fears in putting on a show and racking up the mileage to do so, going against the title of their debut EP ‘Not working is Class’. The Dunts are pulling out all the stops to be next band to make the grade in a long list of Glasgow success stories.
Summer 2019 saw the four-piece band play a blistering set on the King Tut’s stage at TRNSMT in front of a frenzied hometown crowd. The electric delivery of tracks from their EPs along with a cover version of OutKast’s soul/pop classic ‘Hey Ya!’ was enough to ensure that The Dunts were one of the bands on everyone’s lips after the sun went down on the Glasgow summer festival.
The band can definitely look back on a successful year. Fresh from an appearance on Vic Galloway’s BBC Introducing Sessions, the group wrapped up 2019 just in time to perhaps enjoy some of the Christmas festivities, signing off with another sell-out show, this time at the Glasgow Garage.
With momentum growing, The Dunts will continue to Ride the Wave well into 2020, playing their biggest headline show so far at SWG3 on the 12th March. Listen out for the Glaswegian punks who will no doubt be included in more than a few of the summer festivals next year.
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