Proto Retro

by Dot Dash



Dot Dash’s new album Proto Retro, the band’s sixth long player, is out now on The Beautiful Music. It’s the label’s 42nd release and was recorded at Inner Ear and The Bastille and produced by Geoff Sanoff.

DIGIPAK CD: Proto Retro is also available as a digipak CD (which includes a *free* download of the album) directly from the label's Web shop at

Along the way, Dot Dash has played shows with The Undertones, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Richard Lloyd (ex-Television), The B-52s, The Monochrome Set, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, The Minus 5, The Psychedelic Furs, The Chameleons, The Dickies, Ash, Hugh Cornwell (ex-Stranglers), Stiff Little Fingers, The Fleshtones, Glen Matlock (ex-Sex Pistols), The Drums, Urge Overkill, The Bats, Ultimate Painting, The Trashcan Sinatras, The Clientele, Sylvain Sylvain (ex-New York Dolls), Drivin'n'Cryin, Ian Hunter (ex-Mott The Hoople), The Godfathers, The Nude Party, Frankie Rose, Miss Lonelyheart, The Empty Hearts, Field Day (ex-Dag Nasty), Wussy, D.O.A., The Essex Green, Matt Pond PA, Moon Duo, Terry Malts, Soulside, Jack Grisham (TSOL), Wax Idols, Chris Stamey (ex-dB’s), Allo Darlin', Tommy Keene, The Supersuckers, Adam Franklin (Swervedriver), The Explorers Club, Elf Power, X___X, Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Eternal Summers & lots of other rocking combos.


released July 27, 2018

Terry Banks: guitar/vocals
Hunter Bennett: bass
Danny Ingram: drums

Recorded at Inner Ear and The Bastille
Produced by Geoff Sanoff
Additional recording by Eamonn Aiken

All songs published by Escalator In The Rain (ASCAP)
Administered by Rough Trade Publishing


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Track Name: Unfair Weather
I bought it on the never-never
I went out in unfair weather
Ticking boxes, boxing clever
Under heavy manners, lighter than a feather

It goes off and on; it’s here, it’s gone

I was hell bent on fake leather
Don’t call it a jumper, you know it’s a sweater
Stop saying cheers (no one says that here)
Started out laughing, ended in tears.
Track Name: Gray Blue Green
When I wake up early in the morning
I can’t recall what I should forget
It may come back to me later on
Maybe, but not yet

When you get so low, down looks like up
When you get so high, there’s no dark, there’s just light
When you’re in-between, lost in the gray blue green
Return to the dream.
Track Name: Dead Letter Rays
It was a bad hand right from the start
A bent joker and the Queen of Hearts
It wasn’t on the cards
Or written in the stars

But you can’t win ‘em all
In fact you might lose it all
It’s just how it is
Don’t pay attention, there won’t be a quiz

Red letter days
Blue skies turn gray
And rain falls straight onto your face
But you can’t erase the tears that you taste

Riding clowns at the rodeo
Drinking like Edgar Allan Poe
Somebody’s gotta do it
I don’t care if you can see right through it
Track Name: Parachute Powerline
It was a short part of a long time
It was a bolt of light out of a dark sky
Cherubs were singing
Bells were ringing out

Let’s hear it for the path of least resistance
You could see the future fading out in the distance
Cherubs were singing
Bells were ringing out

It was a short part of a long time
It was a parachute hanging from a powerline
Cherubs were singing
Bells were ringing out.
Track Name: TV/Radio
To the witty, willing and wild
To the booster who just got back from Carolina
To the man in a wig talking about China
You’ve gotta lose it if you want to find it

It’s on the TV, it’s on the radio

Living above a bodega
I was snorting the remains of Mr. Alan Vega
They were throwing dice, I was throwing shade
You don’t have to make it up if you‘ve got it made.
Track Name: Tamed a Wild Beast
If you moved a mountain
If you tamed a wild beast
If you walk on water or swim in the streets
Keep it to yourself

If you dream in color
Rolled around on the village green
If you’ve ever been there, if you know what I mean
Keep it yourself

If you turned a corner
If you rose above
If you ever wondered why you hate love
Keep it to yourself.
Track Name: Triple Rainbow
Wherever you’re going
We’ll be under the same sky
Whatever fruit you’re growing
You’re still the apple of my eye

The sun will send a rainbow
To lighten up the sky
‘Cause after all dear
You were born to fly

Whenever it’s snowing
If a flake lands in your eye
Or if the wind’s blowing
And you’re high as a kite

The sun will send a rainbow
To lighten up the sky
‘Cause after all dear
You were born to fly.
Track Name: Fast Parade
Forget your endless summer
Marching to your own drummer
It’s like a total bummer and a fast parade
A rolling roller coast, an unholy only holy host again

Turn off the television
I’m seeing single vision
I’m wracked with indecision
But then again maybe not

With or without you
For worse or better
Driving along the coast
Are those rocks or is it heather?
Track Name: World's Last Payphone
Do you see blue and black or gold and white?
Don’t say it couldn’t be ‘cause it might
Tonight of a thousand nights, strung out like a string of lights
Under dead satellites

I’m calling from the world’s last payphone
I’ve gone back in time, please remain on the line

I had the inside track on an outside chance
I had the worst ideas and the best-laid plans
Tonight of a thousand nights, strung out like a string of lights
Under dead satellites.
Track Name: Green on Red
Greed on red, red on white
Cellophane across the sky
Sugar cane growing high

Chicken foot, snake eyes
Anything that’s born can also die
Sometimes the truth is made of lies

I’m standing on a bridge to nowhere
And if it caves in, well I don’t care
And if I should fall through the fearful, fetid air
Forget the truth, tell me the dare

I made a hat of a Texas map
I made a bed of a railroad track
‘Cause I’m never going back.
Track Name: Run & Duck for Cover
Vision getting clearer
Far off things somehow nearer
Seven years for a cracked mirror
That’s what I’ve heard

Don’t worry about what you can’t control
The parts are greater than the sum of the whole
You can run and duck for cover, you can try to trade this for that or the other
But you’re left with yourself

Time as an abstract
Snaps back like elastic
There’s a great past in plastics
Or so I’ve heard.
Track Name: Sun + Moon = Disguise
I got down when the jig was up
I had an unsteady walk and a run of bad luck
And now she’s so far away
She said she didn’t plan to leave, she just forgot to stay

The sun in morning and the moon at night
They’re part of my disguise

I got out while the getting was good
Things didn’t go as planned (like I knew they would)
And now she’s so far away
She said she didn’t plan to leave, she just forgot to stay.

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