The Dagons

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The Dagons
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres post-punk, psychedelic,
Years active 1999 - present day
Members Karie Jacobson
Drew Kowalski

The Dagons mix fuzzy guitars, pounding drums & haunting vocals with dreamy lyrics referencing fairy tales & mythology to create their distinctive sound. They are a two-piece band from Los Angeles, made up of Karie Jacobson (guitar, vocals) and Drew Kowalski (drum set and sitar).[1]

The Dagons have “a unique, otherworldly feel which adds a sprawling, surreal quality to the genre of indie rock” [2] and for their distinctive juxtapositions of contrasting elements, such as the short, stripped-down song forms of punk with dark, otherworldly psychedelia, or the contrast of fuzzy guitars and pounding drums with minor key melodies and dreamy vocals. Also unusual is the group’s use of distorted electrified sitar, played by The Dagons drummer and producer Drew Kowalski.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Several sources state that the band's name, The Dagons (pronounced Day-gons) is a reference to Dagon, the half-man, half-fish god of the Mediterranean sea.[2][8] Other sources claim that the band's name is a reference to the being Father Dagon as described by horror-fantasy writer H.P. Lovecraft.[10][11]


The Dagons, formed by Karie Jacobson and Drew Kowalski, began playing shows in the late 90's. Lorraine Rath joined the band on bass in 1998, and plays on the band's first full-length album The Other Ending (1999, Dead Sea Captain Records).[12]

In 2000, the Dagons again became a two-piece band composed of Jacobson and Kowalski, who are a real-life couple. The two moved to Los Angeles, and released the album Make Us Old (2000, Dead Sea Captain.) Make Us Old was the first Dagons album to be produced by drummer Drew Kowalski.[13][14]

In 2003, The Dagons released the album Teeth for Pearls (2003, Dead Sea Captain).

The Dagons fourth album, Reverse, was released in 2006 on the Montreal label Blow The Fuse.[9][15] In 2007 Reverse was re-released in Europe.[16] There are two official videos from The Dagons "Reverse" for the songs In Gingham and It Flies Out.[17] Three more official videos for "Upon The Dull Earth" (2011) have been released, and one from the upcoming album, "Witches' Animals."

"Witches' Animals," The Dagons' sixth album, was released in October 2015.


Albums and singles[edit]

  • Witches' Animals (2015, Dead Sea Captain)
  • Upon The Dull Earth (2011, Dead Sea Captain)
  • The Zero Years (digital single, 2007)
  • Reverse (2006, Dead Sea Captain, 2006, Blow the Fuse, 2007 Griptape)
  • Teeth For Pearls (2003, Dead Sea Captain)
  • Make Us Old (2000, Dead Sea Captain)
  • The Other Ending (1999, Dead Sea Captain)


Film and TV[edit]


  1. ^ Gettelman, Parry (2007-03-02). "Austin TX entertainment, events, food, movies, music". Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b Spano, Charles. "((( The Dagons > Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  3. ^ Eric Davidson, Time Out New York May 4–10, 2006 Issue 553
  4. ^ Laura Pontillo, Venus Fall 2003 Issue No.17
  5. ^ Eric Layton, Entertainment Today August 27-September 2, 1999 Vol 31 No. 49
  6. ^ Phares, Heather. "((( Teeth for Pearls > Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  7. ^ "Make Us Old Album Reviews". Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  8. ^ a b Bob Cantu (2004-04-15). "The Dagons - Page 1 - Music - Phoenix". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  9. ^ a b "The Dagons - ARTISTE - Musique - MONTRÉAL". Voir.Ca. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  10. ^ "The Dagons - Reverse". Stomp And Stammer. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  11. ^ Brutarian Magazine Issue No. 43, Spring 2004. Print Edition
  12. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "((( The Other Ending > Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  13. ^ Falling James (2003-08-14). "Beautiful Dreamers - Page 1 - Music - Los Angeles". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  14. ^ "Razorcake". Razorcake. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  15. ^ "Music". Montreal Mirror. 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  16. ^ Marie Gallic. "THE DAGONS - Reverse -album- POPNEWS Janvier 2008". Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  17. ^ "The Dagons". Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  18. ^ "The story so far". Retrieved 2010-09-17. 

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