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Duderus, Nightbeast and DipSpit CD release party at Canal

By Josher Lumpkin

Photo: [l-r] Paige Beller, Ben McQuown, Jesse Griffin, Dustie Pitstick and Adam Rohr of Duderus will perform at Canal Public House on Sept. 12; photo: Jessica Pitstick.

It’s a dilemma as old as rock shows themselves: you go to see some bands at a bar, and enjoy what you hear. You decide you would like to buy some music to take with you at the end of the night, so your enjoyment may be prolonged beyond the confines of that night’s entertainment. You saunter up to the merch tables after the show, only to be faced with the decision of which act’s album you are going to purchase. You empty your pockets only to find one measly, crumpled ten-dollar bill left from that night’s beer binge. Each band’s album costs $10. What do you do?

Urban Nights is always a good time to go out, connect with friends and see some of Dayton’s local talent in its natural habitat. This Friday is no exception. This time around, however, a group of enterprising musicians got a creative idea that puts their music in your hands when you come to their show.

“September 12, which is a Friday, which is Urban Nights Friday, at Canal Public House, will be a multi-band CD release party,” explained Dustie Pitstick, frontman for the band Duderus, one of the acts performing. “And for 10 dollars, you get to see all four bands and you get both of the CDs for free, which is pretty slick, I think.”

That night, Duderus and stagemates Dip Spit will be releasing their split EP, Shut Up, Nerds! Popular local band Nightbeast will also celebrate the release of an EP, theirs titled It’s Different, I guess. Attendees of the show will not have to choose between the purchase of these CDs, as both are included with admission.

Indianapolis rapper Andy D is also on the bill.

“It’s hard when there’s a band that plays every week,” Pitstick said. “People say, ‘Well, I’ll catch ’em next week,’ so we wanted to make this almost a circus. I mean, Andy D is a guy who puts on cheetah print pants and a sleeveless vest with no shirt, and raps about wizards. And his wife sings the hooks while dressed up like a cavewoman.”

Pitstick went on describing the acts that will be performing this Friday.

“Dip Spit are two MCs and a guy who plays congas. They’re great and they’re incorporating a whole video element into their set where they’ve actually built a video for each song that plays on a projector behind them while they perform. Canal has the projector set up, so at this show there will actually be, the whole time they’re performing, these cinematics behind them.

“Then you have Nightbeast, who are a band that mixes pop rock and techno and rap and punk and pop punk and all this stuff into songs about notebooks and partying,” Pitstick continued. “And it’s definitely just all very left field from each other. And then Duderus is a thrash band that sings songs about sci-fi and horror and comic books.”

But in addition to the musical spectacle these bands have planned, they are also exploring a new way to get their product into the hands of their listeners.

“I’m not gonna lie, I download things off Pirate Bay,” Pitstick said. “I don’t want to say artists shouldn’t make money, but I think if you have music you can give away for free, you’re gonna win over a lot more people with honey.”

Pitstick hopes the bands giving away their CDs will encourage fans to spend their money in other ways that will offer support.

“I think if you say, ‘Hey, show up! For your 10 bucks you get these two CDs, plus you get to see all the bands,’ the people who do have that leftover money that may have gone towards a CD, they’ll still buy a shirt. Or they’ll still support the bar, which in the long run is what’s paying the bands. So, I think, be kind to people, give them the benefit of the doubt. Assume even if they don’t have disposable income, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get to hear music. If you hit the point where you’re like, ‘Well, ya know, you’re broke, but I really need 10 dollars a CD,’ maybe it’s time to re-evaluate if you’re kind of an asshole or not. Like, ‘No, I’m worth this much.’ It’s hard to say that anybody’s worth anything in a scene like this. Be cool, give away what you can, hope those people then reinvest that money into maybe picking up a shirt or supporting a touring band. I’m a big fan of that.”

Those afraid they might not fit in at this CD release party have nothing to fear, assured Pitstick. “I think the goal of this show more than anything is to say that nobody at this show is cool. I think there’s a lot of shows in Dayton at a lot of bars that you go to, where you get this immediate vibe of like, ‘Am I cool enough to be here?’ and our main goal is to never make anyone wonder if they’re cool enough for anything, because we’re all just big dorks. It’s all a big level playing field. We would rather everybody come out and just have a ball and not have to worry about, ‘Am I wearing the right shoes for this? Is so-and-so gonna be there?’ We just want it to be like a good circus.

The Nightbeast and Duderus/Dip Spit split CD Release show featuring Andy D will take place on Friday, Sept. 12 at Canal Public House, 308 E. First St. The 21 and up show begins at 9 p.m. Cover is $10, and includes 2 CDs.

Reach DCP freelance writer Josher Lumpkin at josherlumpkin@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Josher Lumpkin is a nursing student and aspiring historian who enjoys writing about music and geekdom of all kinds. He is especially fond of punk rock, tabletop gaming, sci-fi/fantasy and camping with his wife, Jenner, and their dogs, Katie and Sophie. Reach him at JosherLumpkin@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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