Carrboro’s Dante High is making the trek down I-40 to party at Kings!! No One Mind from Durham opens it up with some psych post-pop.
“Dante High’s full-throttle romantic synthpop compels metaphor, not because it’s esoteric, but because it fits within a universe of suburb-meets-country-noir doldrums: papercut (or is it fistfight?) blood on fresh-cut grass, makeouts amid dead cicadas, class anxiety in the dull summer sun. Some ways I’ve described their eminently danceable and screamable music: like S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders meets Joy Division; what Riverdale’s score would sound like if its showrunners had sonic sense; the “goth” in Southern Gothic; stadium pop-rock for overgrown Piedmont high school arenas. ” — INDY WEEK
No One Mind, the songwriting moniker of Durham, NC-based multi-instrumentalist Ellis Anderson, began as a direct response to the ending of a past musical collaboration, and a close friendship. Working alongside former band members Missy Thangs and Noah Dehmer, No One Mind recorded and debuted their Self-titled album, along with the single Born Again / Baron Gain in 2016 on Third Uncle Records. The music grappled with feelings of betrayal and confusion through songs ranging from biting post punk, to dissonant psych experimentation, to melancholy art pop and folk balladry, leading North Carolina’s Indy Week to name the record one of the ten best local albums of 2016, and Bandcamp Daily to claim “rarely has there been a record as focused and barbed in its execution.”