New Indie Rock Single from Dirt Dog Records Explores Working Life in the Service Industry. - Dropper: Memoirs of Working in a Bowling Alley
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posted 31 Dec 2021 by Krister Axel
This is exceptional art by and for the unsung heroes that are getting by in a world of part-time employment and invisible benefits.

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Dropper is a four-piece band from Brooklyn, NY with a sound that mixes elements of Americana with indie rock in a way that might remind you of Courtney Barnett: big melodies, loud guitars, and a substantial helping of IDGAF.

We aim to infect ears with gritty and plucky songs that touch on the melancholy, absurd, and emotional notions of finding yourself, sometimes in-spite of yourself, and baring your truths (with cans of cheap beer). — Dropper

This raucous-yet-slick rock number combines fist-pumping guitar hooks with the feeling that life is wearing you down. "Memoirs of Working in a Bowling Alley" delivers just the right mix of raw energy, self-obsession, and emotional release. Anyone that has done time in the service industry can relate to this theme: sometimes we just need to shut it all off and take a few minutes for ourselves.

In addition to the slightly ragged, Americana-rock vibe, I also get proto-glitter-punk flavors in the vein of someone like T. Rex. Dropper's music touches on many of the same themes that were popular the 70's—personal expression, freedom from corporate control, and a sense of rebellion. Recorded primarily with Andrija Tokic at the Bomb Shelter studio in Nashville, "Memoirs of Working in a Bowling Alley" and the rest of Dropper's debut album explores the fertile artistic ground that comes as a consolation prize along with a workaday lifestyle. This is exceptional art by and for the unsung heroes that are getting by in a world of part-time employment and invisible benefits.

i feel like running away
been staring at the wall for six days straight
i am smoking a pack a day
feel like i’m going insane
and if one more person wants my attention they’re
gonna have to pay

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist