The Secret Handshake Continues To Confuse, Buzz, Overhype the '90s
One the one hand, I don't really see what makes him so different from the throngs of other like-minded acts around town, or why he's gotten so much love from various outlets--like when the tastemakers at My Old Kentucky Blog hyped him big time about a year and a half ago, or, even today, when the New York Post's pop culture blog takes the time to hype his tour (and offer a free download of a remix to one of his tracks), even though he's going nowhere near NYC on it.
On the other hand, he does seem to be creating his music with a little bit of irony and a little tongue-in-cheek sensibility, like he knows there's far more to music than the Hot Topic scene. After all, there are elements of hip-hop, trance and house music piped into his otherwise dance-y mall-punk sound. And, he's either just a goofy kid or a genius (ill-advised Skee-Lo cover aside) who's way ahead of the game on the whole "The '90s are the new '80s" bit when he
At the very least, he does seem likeable--a little bit moreso than the others within the area mall punk scene because he does seem to have a sense of humor that isn't wholly manufactured. With the release of his new album, My Name Up In Lights, due out on April 21, maybe we'll all get a better sense of how to feel about Dubuc's music.
Or, if your sad ass doesn't have a Valentine's Day date for tomorrow night, you can see him perform tomorrow night at The Max, previewing some of these new tracks.