Calling Bill Dolan's performance at the Intonation Music Festival over the weekend a comeback would be right on target were it not for the fact that the Five Style and Heroic Doses guitarist has kept
Calling Bill Dolan's performance at Chicago's Intonation Music Festival over the weekend a comeback would be right on target were it not for the fact that the Five Style and Heroic Doses guitarist has kept himself quite busy over the past several years.
Five Style released its last album, "Miniature Portraits," back in 1999 on Sub Pop. But since then Dolan has played with the Sunny Day Real Estate spin-off the Fire Theft and, as previously reported, with SDRE drummer William Goldsmith (as Varicocele). He also eased back into action leading a three-piece this past fall.
"I've just been bouncing around a lot," Dolan told Billboard.com backstage after his Intonation set, which featured Tortoise drummer John Herndon and Isotope 217 bassist Matt Lux. The trio has been quietly rehearsing for the past few months.
"I'm blessed to be able to play with Johnny and Matt, because they're so great," says Dolan. "I've played with really decent musicians, and they're some of the best, so I feel really lucky to be able to jam with them. I also think Johnny and Matt draw people who want to see them play, too."
Dolan has been recording his rehearsals with Herndon and Lux, potentially as demos for a new album, but after such a long break he's still not sure when and on what label the material may come out.
"There was a time when I thought it was really going to happen, but it's just been on the backburner," says Dolan of his backlog. "I try to be productive. The lines are a little blurry when it comes to how things stand with Sub Pop. I keep in touch with [label head] Jonathan [Poneman] sometimes, and he's helped me out, but over the last six years I haven't been able to get anything in motion out there with him."
As a power trio, Dolan, Herndon and Lux played slightly funky, blues-tinged rock, with Dolan's inventive guitar leads taking center stage. But Dolan still thinks the instrumental music needs one more element.
"I would like to get a singer involved, so that's something that might happen," he reveals, hinting he already has an intriguing number one choice in mind. "But we might have to take out a few notes to make more room."