It took us a little while but we are finally able to announce a bunch of new names for dunk!USA 2017. With this announcement we're just halfway the entire line-up but this is already worth the trip to the 'Green Mountain State' if you ask us! Be sure the rest of the line-up will follow soon. There's only 73 days to go!!

Arms and Sleepers at #dnk17, picture by Bram De Greve

Arms and Sleepers at #dnk17, picture by Bram De Greve

Arms and Sleepers, composed of Boston duo Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic, revealed itself to the world more than a decade ago. In that time, the group has put out 26 releases, collaborated with dozens of prominent artists (Tom Brosseau of Fat Cat Records, Philip Jamieson of Caspian, Ben Shepard of Uzi & Ari) and worked on numerous remixes (Caspian, Helios, Ef, Tape Deck Mountain, and others). They played the Belgian edition of dunk!festival in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. So how could we ever have a historical milestone like this very first dunk!USA edition without these festival favorites on the line-up? Never! So here they are, as a full band closing the second stage with their, let's call it post-hiphop beats.

Au Revoir is a collective hailing from various areas of the United States who join to create powerful compositions that honor the aesthetics of post-rock and post-metal while adhering to the ethics of DIY punk. Fearlessly traversing the line between crushing heaviness and ethereal melodies, while also exploring vocals as textural enhancement rather than narrative propellant, Au Revoir is an exciting up-and-comer urging American post-rock into its next phase of existence. After two releases in 2012 and 2013, the acclaimed 2016 album Veles marked their debut on the exclusive, highly-curated European label Elusive Sound, pushing their songwriting to the next level and cementing them as a group to watch closely during the coming years.

The End of the Ocean at #dnk15, picture by Davy De Pauw

The End of the Ocean at #dnk15, picture by Davy De Pauw

Emerging from Columbus, Ohio in the early 2010’s, The End of the Ocean were tagged by many as one of the primary torch-bearers for the next wave of American post-rock after the inspirational halcyon days that birthed eventual legends such as Explosions in the Sky, This Will Destroy You, Caspian and Red Sparowes. Their 2011 LP Pacific-Atlantic and subsequent 2012 EP In Excelsis have been acclaimed as two of the finest releases of this decade to date, due in large part to the band’s ability to balance rich, thoughtful melodic passages, high-energy riff-wielding and truly epic climactic outpourings. Their live performance serves as a transformative platform on which they amend their longer compositions, offering viewers compacted variations that crystallize the emotional power that lies at the heart of their work. Five years after their last release, The End of the Ocean return in 2017 with a long-awaited new album that is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated of the year, making their upcoming performances destination events for fans of post-rock everywhere.

Thisquietarmy performing in the forest at #dnk15, picture by Davy De Pauw

Thisquietarmy performing in the forest at #dnk15, picture by Davy De Pauw

Thisquietarmy is a solitary one-man experimental drone-based music project from Montreal, Canada. Active since 2005, he constantly furthers the boundaries of his sonic guitar experimentation to create an impressively wide range of dynamic soundscapes by combining textural & structural elements of ambient/electronic, drone/noise, shoegaze/industrial, post-punk/krautrock, black/doom metal. His live performances, often presented as an improvised real-time score to his own hypnotic ethereal visuals, can be as heavy and face melting as quiet and introspective. We witnessed that ourselves at dunk!festival in 2014 and 2015.

Montreal’s Appalaches wield a mighty brand of instrumental rock which rejoices in compositional expanse and carefully crafted soundscapes. Their 2014 debut Mon is a Master’s class in delicate melodies and sonic textures, having proven to be one of the genre’s most beautiful records that year. Their sophomore release Cycles, recorded at Mile End District’s Hotel2tango by Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Thierry Amar, boldly breaks in some ways from that approach, exploring the possibilities of a rawer sound based more heavily on an inspired three-guitar attack and a wealth of dramatic crescendos. One of Montreal’s finest emerging post-rock groups.

Already announced for dunk!USA 2017: Pelican, Coastlands, Pray For Sound, Set and Setting, This Patch of Sky, Ranges, Tides of Man.

Poster artwork by Error! Design.


Fun fact: Vermont is short for Green Mountain State or Les Verts Monts like the area was called by French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1609. (wikipedia)