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Don’t Stop or We’ll Die Doesn’t Stop (or die) with ‘Dazzle Me’

Written by George Heftler

Don’t Stop or We’ll Die is a hard band to nail down. They’re a comedy band, but not like, a “ha-ha” comedy band. More like “a couple of guys from the world of alt-comedy goof around” band. Comprised of Paul Rust (Love, Inglorious Basterds), Harris Wittels (Inventor of the word humblebrag, Parks & Rec, Sarah Silverman Program) and Michael Cassady (Drunk History, Comedy Bang! Bang!), they put out two EPs and a full-length album, even opening for Alkaline Trio in October of 2014. Unfortunately, a long-time victim of the opiate crisis, Harris overdosed and died in 2015.

Fans were shaken and unsure of the band’s future, but after a break Cassady and Rust pressed on and have released a new full length record, Dazzle Me. It was a bittersweet announcement for me as an enormous fan of Harris- His work on podcasts could fill an entire article itself. Would the band be able to recapture the magic contained in such previous songs as “I Got a Perm for My Camping Trip”?

Luckily for us, Dazzle Me, well, dazzles. The group’s sound has expanded beyond their “bass, drums, keys” trio that had been a staple of previous releases, including a delightful saxophone on “Don’t Wake the Ghost”. I haven’t been able to stop singing “Taco Night” since I heard it. It’s hard to say if it’s their best work yet though.

This album is very good, and I think it is the closest to the line of best fit for the “Funny Song/Good Song” chart of their work. Some of their previous work like “She’s Got Ti**ies (In All the Right Places)” might be funnier, and some of their previous work like “Once in a While” might be stronger musically, but Dazzle Me provides a consistently enjoyable listen. It seems to be the most mature (musically at least, if not content-wise) and Rust shining on the vocals. I think this will be the album I use to introduce people to the band, to get them used to the style before getting into the wilder stuff of the band’s youth.

It’s not a perfect album but it’s a lot of fun. Give it a listen, and be open to a weird and joyous ride. As Harris once said, “I just think… motherfuckers wanna laugh”. So let’s take some time for self-care, and laugh with Don’t Stop or We’ll Die’s Dazzle Me.

Score: 8/10

Standout tracks: Robotics, Don’t Wake the Ghost, Taco Night, Lily Pad on Your Doorstep


Bill Bodkin
Bill Bodkinhttps://thepopbreak.com
Bill Bodkin is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Pop Break, and most importantly a husband, and father. Ol' Graybeard writes way too much about wrestling, jam bands, Asbury Park music, HBO shows, and can often be seen under his season DJ alias, DJ Father Christmas. He is the co-host of the Socially Distanced Podcast (w/Al Mannarino) which drops weekly on Apple, Google, Anchor & Spotify. He is the co-host of the monthly podcasts -- Anchored in Asbury, TV Break and Bill vs. The MCU.

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