Dishes, The: 3
Dishes, The: 3
Artist Dishes, The
Album 3
Label None
Released 10/13/2003
Chicago's Dishes have a reputation for being unusually concise even in the realm of punk rock--"to hell with a third verse, gimme gimme gimme another chorus and we're done," wrote one admirer of their early work. Like its predecessors the Dishes' new album, 3, is a truly compact disc, clocking in at just over half an hour. But by the end of the opener, "Got Something to Tell You" you'll have no doubt that 3 is the beginning of a new phase for the Dishes. It's their tightest and most nuanced work yet, but also their loosest and most raw-sounding. Many of the songs were finessed during the band's first full US tour last year, on bills with the Nerves, the White Stripes, Federation X, the Bangs, the Pattern, and the Cherry Valence, among other kindred spirits. Garage-punk legend Tim Kerr, a longtime friend to the band, produced 3, helping them capture something more akin to a live sound (in part by taking away their headphones). Bill Skibbe, electronics whiz and Shellac soundman, engineered and mixed at his studio, Key Club, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, a couple hours east of Chicago. (The album was recorded on a Flickinger console custom-built in the 70s for Sly Stone.)