The dBs: Falling Off The Sky

The dBs
Falling Off The Sky
(Bar None)

The dBs are one of those bands that everyone knows, but few can name a song in their catalog if hard pressed. That is unless you were a college student or a record store clerk in the glory days of college rock radio.

Formed in New York City in 1978, this power pop quartet featured Peter Holsapple, Chris Stamey, Will Rigby and Gene Holder. This lineup put out only two albums, as glorious as they were, before Stamey left. In total, the band released only four albums and was done by 1987. Over nine short years The dBs never got the full attention they deserved, yet influenced a ton of bands that did (namely a young hungry band out of Athens, Georgia who called themselves REM).

Flash forward 25 years, and the original lineup of The dBs is back. Life is good.

Falling Off the Sky is a dirty dozen of pop classics, kicking off with the apropos “That Time is Gone,” a late ’70s rocker complete with jangly guitars and carnival keys that urges the listener to “wake up” and look to the future, not the past. Witty guys, these.

Once again paired with Scott Litt and Mitch Easter on the production side, Falling Off the Sky is a welcome return for the band more should know. Standout tracks are the endearing “Before We Were Born,” “Send Me Something Real” and “Write Back.” But don’t discount the quickly-to-get-under-your-skin tracks “She Won’t Drive in the Rain Anymore” or “Remember (Falling Off the Sky).” The chaps even channel The Beatles in the simply gorgeous “Far Away and Long Ago,” with its classical guitar and featuring an arrangement somewhere between “I Love Her” and “I’ll Follow the Sun.”

As clichéd as it sounds, there’s not a bum track on this album. Hail the return of college rock and The dBs … you’ve been missed.

To read an interview with the dBs click here