Dubious Ranger, we hardly knew ye. The band is scheduled to play their “farewell show” this Friday, January 22nd (8 pm, Â $8/advance, $10/door, 21+) at the Red Devil Lounge:
It is with a tear in our eye and a gryphon on our left shoulder that we announce that Dubious Ranger will be going on indefinite hiatus after this month. It’s been a great run, and we are forever thankful for the support and love you’ve given us over the last three years.
Friday’s bill will also include fellow Bay Area bands As a People and Mass Fiction. Advanced tickets for the show can be purchased here.
As a goodbye gift, Dubious Ranger are giving away most (if not all) of their Magnetic Fields/Jens Lekman-inspired music, at the convenient price of “pay-what-you-want.” Listen and download as much as you’d like via Bandcamp.
Additional commentary by Jake Butler after the jump.
I’ve had the honor and glory of seeingÂ Dubious Ranger full tilt atÂ Hotel Utah last fall. I was super stoked on them. I don’t normally let loose with my Californian vocabulary when writing, save for “gnarly” which is a far underutilized palabra, but they were undoubtedly bringing the super stokage aggressively. I had an opportunity to see them again at Pissed Off Pete’s, but sadly illness kept me at bay. Had I known then what I know now, I would’ve let nothing stop me from seeing them.[audio:https://www.thebaybridged.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Dubious_Ranger_Heart_Of_Glass.mp3] Dubious Ranger – “Heart of Glass” (Blondie cover)
This is what I know now: Dubious Ranger is going on an indefinite hiatus. I was told this by bassist Aaron Sankin via email earlier this week. There is a silver lining, as difficult as it may be to see a silver lining in this situation. The metallic colored trim is that their final show* will be at theÂ Red Devil Lounge tonight, and from what I’m told, it’s supposed to be a rager of a good time. That is something I can get behind any day of the week. Hell, it’s Friday. You ain’t got job (maybe you do but forget about that for now), you ain’t got shit to do . . . go wish the guys well and have a couple drinks while listening to some kickin’ tunes. Their funk-punk-pop blend surely has something for everyone.
*It’s like when your parents tell you they’re just getting separated and not divorced you hold out hope that they’ll get back together. Dubious Ranger isn’t breaking up, they’re going on indefinite hiatus, so I will continue to hold out hope that they will get back together.