Band To Watch: Dominant Legs

Band To Watch: Dominant Legs

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.”

Dominant Legs – “Young At Love And Life” (MP3)
Dominant Legs – “Just Silly Ones” (MP3)

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

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