Dewback formed around 1992 or 1993 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania when Greg and Jeff asked Colin to play some music. Colin brought along Brad who, while paging through Jeff’s notebook, found a poem called “Gnabber.” Atop a repetitive three-chord song, with “improper” minor-over-major structuring, Brad began to recite “Gnabber” and Dewback was born. Soon, the trio (with Brad as the Bez-like fourth member) was joined by Mike and Mark on guitars and Tim on keys and organ. Around the band, the friends explored the wilds of the suburban world, basement dwelling and recording along the way.
Tirelessly performing shows without audiences in one of two basements they dubbed “Dewback Hall,” the band recorded onto cassettes of various forms, sometimes attempting something akin to tracking, mostly just pressing record on a shitty boom box. The band released The Dewback Anomoly on cassette and distributed it to friends and at the handful of shows they performed in backyards, basements, and high school talent shows. Their final performances occurred at a coffee shop that didn’t seem to sell anything on New Year’s Eve in 1996.
Dewback’s sound is somewhere between indie lo-fi and psychedelic pop (a real stretch, we know). There is a rumor that Shimmy Disc founder, Kramer, actually heard a demo recording of Dewback and invited them to record at Noise New Jersey, but this is unsubstantiated. I think Dewback would have fit nicely into the 50¢ rack of some weird used record store.