San Francisco native Ryan William Lynch, aka Dominant Legs, has a strange, immediately appealing sound that’s part funky Belle & Sebastian/part late-night Arthur Russell/part something uniquely his own. At MySpace, a series of photos titled “favorite clothes” include him sporting his Giants ’87 sweatshirt and Dimebag Darrell and Anne Sexton tees. Somehow these details feel relevant when trying to get to the bottom of Dominant Legs’ pop. It’s understated but grand. Grounded but idiosyncratic. Poetic and everyday. Jittery and sedated. Kelley Polar via SF DIY? He looks pretty happy in a bunch of those MySpace pics, but there’s something somber and melancholic about his work. Fittingly he’s opening for Girls, clear aesthetic allies, on their upcoming California dates. Take a listen to a couple tracks, which he’s labeled “demos.”

Look for a a 7” in early 2010. Until then, you’ll find more at MySpace. He opens for Girls on these dates:

11/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
12/04 – San Diego, CA @ Loft
12/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
12/06 – San Barbara, CA @ Muddy Waters

Comments (33)
  1. smoking makes you cool.

  2. gob  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2009 0

    knew it was coming.

  3. ANAL  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2009 0

    And smoking makes you rule!

  4. Daniella  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 0
  5. Kevin  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 0

    Not bad, not bad…

  6. This guy looks like a douchebag, not checking him out cos of the pic.

  7. Skip  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 0

    PLEASE post a hip indie-pic of this guy – what – with greasy hair! Oh – and if he could be smoking indifferently – oh, man that would just be AMAZING!

  8. julian  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 0

    yo aside from the picture, this music sucks.

  9. Bobby  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 0

    Where’s the quality control for this site?

  10. Nick  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 0


  11. len  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 0

    Drug addict!

  12. DZA  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 0

    That first song is an updated Orange Juice song

  13. robert smith  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 0

    Even while taking a shit, I wouldn’t “watch” this dude. Those tracks are lame.

  14. Pork Pie  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 0

    Let’s see – sounds like it was made in Garage Band by a ten year old, not a word of it is memorable, not a hook of any sort to be found, and it plods along without any sort of structure until it bores itself to death. Can’t you feel the buzz build? Quality control. Yeah right. Slippery slope, that.

  15. Pork Pie  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 0

    Oh wait, hold up one second. I just saw this – “Part late-night Arthur Russell?” HAHAHAHA. Now THAT is funny.

  16. Felt   |   Posted on Oct 18th, 2009 0

    Hi hater, bye hater. So many jealous people on here! Can’t hear the beauty in some simple heartfelt songs

  17. The title song “Clawing Out at the Walls” reminds me of another really famous song.. someone halp may?!

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