artist spotlight::The Dimes:The Silent Generation

The Dimes’ sunny day pop is born of the same Northwest, as The Decemberists, The Shins, Ben Gibbard, and even recent Austin to Portland transplants, Spoon. Known for unexpected outbreaks of foot stomping and hand clapping at their live shows, The Dimes boys’ first full-length The Silent Generation should do a lot to make The Dimes’ common knowledge. Most of the record draws its inspiration from a series of Depression-era newspapers that guitarist, Pierre Kaiser, found buried beneath the old floors of his 1908 Portland home. At first, the old papers were a novelty item and a good read for a history buff like singer-songwriter Johnny Clay, but then those stories seeped into the album through tunes like the slow burning “Battle of San Jacinto” and throughout The Silent Generation.


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