Composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist Dustin Lovelis has been busy crafting songs in his coastal birth town Long Beach, CA. Since Dustin’s late teens, the god-son-of-grunge has toured the globe with a myriad of musical outfits, including The Fling (Dangerbird Records) as primary vocalist and songwriter. Taking a break from touring and the music business, The Fling went on hiatus with no concrete plans to continue. Fortunately for his fans, Dustin couldn’t stop writing songs and returns with an ambitious debut solo effort Dimensions, due for release on Porch Party Records on May 19th, 2015.
Dustin’s music is drenched in textures both vintage and modern, while his fine-tuned pop-sensibilities rise out of whichever era ignited the inspiration. After The Fling dissolved, Dustin took over all writing responsibility. With a guitar, a microphone, and a bottle of whiskey, Dustin found his way through his influences and pinned his own demos to a multitrack. Without any input from band members, Dustin meticulously created his new DNA of sound with hints of The Everly Brothers, The Pixies, and The Beatles. He knew it was time to return to the studio.
Dustin recorded Dimensions at Elliott Smith’s former music home New Monkey Studios. He found the ideal compliments for his timeless sound with an insane amount of gear and incredibly talented musician friends. Elijah Thomson of the band Everest played bass and produced the album, and prolific composer and session player Frank Lenz lays down his dynamic drumming with classic fills. After two days, the basic tracks were finished. A few more instruments and vocals were added, and Dimensions was complete.
Buzzbands - Track Review for "Off The Rails" // "Dustin Lovelis’ songwriting chops and ’60s and ’70s pop sensibilities shone on the two albums and an EP released by the Long Beach quintet he fronted, the Fling. Last year, burned out from touring and, Lovelis says, “curtain business aspects of music,” The Fling went on hiatus. Lovelis, though, kept writing, eventually producing enough demos to share with producer Elijah Thomson, the bassist for Everest who has worked on records by the likes of Delta Spirit, Richard Swift and Ivan & Alyosha. With composer/session man Frank Lenz manning the drums, they convened at Elliott Smith’s former home, New Monkey Studios, and two days later they had “Dimensions,” Lovelis’ forthcoming full-length. The album places Lovelis squarely in the parade of vintage-sounding guitarsmiths such as White Fence and Smith Westerns, staring down tumult from within and without with beatific melodies and ascendant choruses. Lovely." -Kevin Bronson, BuzzBands L.A.
OC Weekly - Show Press Release // "Fling frontman Dustin Lovelis is just about to release his solo album "Dimensions" on flagship local label Porch Party, so Fling fans can still get their fix. Recorded in a matter of days with artiste-about-town Frank Lenz on drums and producer Elijah Thompson, "Dimensions" is a considered, artful and personal album that hits that same sweet spot as South Bay band Dios—it’s got lots of heart for the heartbroken and lots of detail for the geeks, and it carves out its own special space between '70s iconoclasts like Neil Young and '90s noise-pop bands that turned independent into simply 'indie.'" -Chris Ziegler, OC Weekly/LA Record