Sunday, January 22, 2006

Dreampop 101 February at The Bay

San Francisco, California – January 21, 2005 – Cross a college English lit. professor with a Britpop inspired rhythm section and one platinum synth girl (who happens to be married to the prof.), and you’ll get something like The Dalloways, a stylish-- and only slightly esoteric--dreampop quintet performing at Kimo’s in San Francisco Friday, February 10 and The Stork Club in Oakland Sunday, February 12

The Dalloways are touring to promote their latest full-length CD, Penalty Crusade (Bird in Box Records), an album influenced by British luminaries such as The Smiths, Prefab Sprout, and Modern English, to name a few. About the band, frontman and songwriter Gerhard Enns says, “We’re feeling a close affinity with artists like The Dears and Belle and Sebastian--bands with melodic guitars and synths who draw on the Brit pop tradition of the 80’s.”

Enns’ background is fiction writing (he has published short stories in several literary journals), so it’s not surprising that many of the songs weave narrative threads: a down-and-out Olympic figure skater seeks lost love; a brother runs from family and friends to make his own way in New York; lovers on the Metro feel the separateness of their fractured relationship. “Every day you come across a new story,” says Enns about songwriting. “You stand behind an interesting person at the grocery store, read a cryptic headline in the newspaper, and ten minutes later, you’ve got the a new song.”

Local bands Harvey Cartel and Lurid Bliss will be performing with The Dalloways on February 10, and The Meek, Carousel, and Centric on February 12.

Kimo’s is located at 1351 Polk Street in San Franciso, and The Stork Club is located at 2330 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. For directions and set times, call Kimo’s at (323) 876-6612 or The Stork Club at (510) 444-6174. For more information on The Dalloways, visit


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