Toronto rockers the Dunes are finally back with a follow-up to their 2006 crowd-pleasing debut, Socializing With Life. STC finds the band - led by powerful vocalist Kevin Pullen - pumping out one stadium-sized anthem after another, with a few delicate, introspective strummers adding sonic balance.
The Dunes' tunes are unabashedly alt-rock, but their nods to epic Radiohead and Muse-style grooves keep them in catchier territory than their Can-rock competitors. Producer Siegfried Meier expertly captured the band's crisp, grandiose, aim-for-the-back-of-the-club sensibility, setting the bar highest on the frantic Shock Yourself and the optimistic Let It Go.
Top track: Shock Yourself
The Dunes release Subject To Change Saturday (April 25) at the El Mocambo.