"You’d think Birmingham’s talent pool would be all used up by now but Dumb might tell you otherwise. The newest of the bunch, these four under-twenties have no time for the beachy escapism of their contemporaries, veering instead towards something brasher” [NME]

As 2013 got under way four childhood friends were given a wake-up call by the spotlight on the music scene in their native Birmingham and decided to build on their formative years of gigging and songwriting and take their music seriously and form Dumb.

Their debut single ‘Dive’ set out their stall in March 2013, distinguishing the band from the rest of what their hometown was offering. Influenced by Pixies and cult American indie rock heroes Built To Spill, its bold and brash combination of self-assured swagger, slick melodies and Dylan’s rasping vocals caught the attention of the likes of NME and BBC Radio 1.

“For years quite a lot of indie bands were quite held back and twangy,” Tom reasons. “We thought we’d turn it all up to ten. We don’t want anything to sound too small. I know it’s a bit crude or garish but we like everything to be in your face.”

Next single ‘Retina’ continues that mission statement, an explosive riot of squalling guitars and cocksure attitude It was featured as The Fly Track of the Day who described it as “a petulant cross between the "US college rock of Pixies & Built To Spill".

For now, they’re concentrating on building on the foundations they’ve already laid and gaining more live experience on the road. Diligent, hard-working and musically dexterous, Dumb are about to establish themselves as one of the country’s most promising new bands.

Management/Record label:
Ian Light:

Live Booking Agent:
Mark Bennett





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