In 2016, Dolph Chaney was a Jeopardy! contestant. Alex Trebek spent his interview with Dolph by trading "Weird Al" Yankovic anecdotes. His correct answers included John Lennon, Flight Of The Conchords, and Jesse & the Rippers. So, if you're new to Dolph Chaney's music, you should know that you're in talented, smart, and funny hands.


Starting in 1987, around the time Robert Pollard and Lou Barlow were starting to do the same in rec rooms in Dayton and Northampton, Dolph (then 13 years old) began messing around with words, melodies, guitars, his Realistic Moog synthesizer, and tape recorders.


Recording is underway for a new album in 2018.  SHENANIGANS (2013), Dolph's most recent album, is perhaps the best meeting yet of Dolph's creativity and craft with loose but listenable sonics.  It follows a line from 1998's NEW BIRD RISE, which was a successful experiment in having such luxuries as a budget, an engineer, and recording capabilities beyond 4-track, and homemade peaks such as GUMSHOE KOALA (2008) and LOUDNESS 2 11 (2012). These are available immediately along with many others via and major online retailers and services. 


What you will hear is pop beyond top-40. The guitars ring and buzz with Townshendy zeal, the voice soothes and cajoles and smirks and pries and climbs... until suddenly the listener, for example, becomes aware of being awash in an apocalyptic epiphany amid a song about nasal spray.


Comparisons have been made to acknowledged influences such as XTC, Robyn Hitchcock, the Violent Femmes, Bob Mould, Elvis Costello, Matthew Sweet, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Henry Cow. Dolph's music has brought him experiences running the gamut, from early encouragement received by mail from experimental guitar shaman Eugene Chadbourne, to sitting in a festival green room being told by Jim Bakker why he cowers at the sight of a Diet Coke.


Throughout these three decades of work, what always shines through in a Dolph Chaney release are the imaginative, irrepressible, and deeply felt songs. Feel them today.

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