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NME Festival blog: What’s Your Band Called, Mate? Get to know Dumb


Every week, we’re going to be introducing you to a brand new artist we’re going mad for here at NME Towers via our ego-busting new Q&A, What’s Your Band Called, Mate? This week, Vancouver’s Dumb talks their love for bagels, going intergalactic and recruiting Eddie Van Halen.

What’s your band called, mate?

“It’s called Dumb”

We are…

“Franco Rossino (vox and guitar), Pipe Morelli (drums and vox), Nick Short (guitar), Shelby Vredik (bass)”

What do you sound like?

“Sounds like if Alex Cox directed a Seinfeld episode.”

Club Nites

Club Nites, a song by Dumb on Spotify

Are you any good (honestly)?

“Yeah we’re the best, very impressive live.”

What’s your best song?

“Probably ‘Dreams Come True’ from our first full length ‘Beach Church’”

What’s been your most memorable gig?

“Can’t remember most gigs but our last gig in Salt Lake City was on Franco’s birthday, there was tres-leches cake and everyone was wearing party hats, and Conrad from the band 22a did a front flip and dislocated his shoulder. Hope he’s okay.”

Tell us something really interesting about you, that isn’t to do with music.

“We love bagels!”

We said really interesting…

“We were all born on exactly the same day.”

What’s your karaoke song?

Franco: Tom Jones, ‘Delilah’

Shelby: Sheryl Crow, ‘If It Makes You Happy’

Scenario: We’ve given you a shit load of money to make a big budget video – what do you do with it?

“Music video in space”

Beef Hits

Beef Hits, a song by Dumb on Spotify

What do you want to achieve with your music?

“High energy jams for dancing and stress”

If your tour bus was hanging over the edge of a cliff and you needed to throw out one band member as ballast, which member would it be and why?

“Not sure what you mean by “as ballast”, are they being thrown off the cliff or are they required to push the touring van up like Atlas? Either way Shelby and Pipe would likely both offer themselves up but Nick and Franco would fight and fall out of the van while fighting.”

Fill in the blanks: When you listen to our music, it feels like Rocky Balboa is feeding steaks to your puppy.

If your band had ‘stans’ (superfans, like Katy Perry’s Kitty Cats or Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters), what would the name for them be?

“Dumbos”

Where can we see you next?

“Our release show is June 16 at 1965 Main Street in Vancouver, after that we tour to the east coast of Canada / USA starting at Sled Island in Calgary. Also we’ll be all over Europe / the UK in October.”

What do you want to happen at your last ever show?

“At the end Eddie Van Halen plays ‘Eruption’.

Any final words?

“Nope.”

Dumb’s new album ‘Club Nites’ is out now



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