The Dunes’ John Dolinar (left), Jeremy Panda, Alistair Heath, Paul Barry and Kevin Pullen will be much more active in 2009.
THE DUNES with SHORTWAVE at the Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (January 10), 10 pm. $6. 416-598-4753.
Tom Petty had it right when he said, "The waiting is the hardest part" - especially if you're a fan of the Dunes.
The local alt-rockers made a splash in 2007 when their debut record, Socializing With Life (Curve Music) spawned the impatience-themed MuchMusic hit Do It All The Time.
The five-piece, led by frontman/songwriter Kevin Pullen, has dutifully recorded a full-length follow-up, titled Subject To Change, but, ironically, it's been under wraps in a finished state for nearly a year.
"As a songwriter, I just want to write songs and put them out. I can't stand waiting around," says Pullen, but he says he understands that sometimes record labels delay releases for strategic reasons.
"We really hope to have the record out in May. Then we're going to tour the shit out of it!"
An advance listen to Subject To Change - which was recorded by noted producer Siegfried Meier at his Beach Road Studios near Goderich, Ontario - makes it clear that the Dunes have set their sights high. Epic choruses and catchy, radio-friendly guitar hooks are everywhere, just waiting to become a programming director's new best friend.