Misery minus company



As if admitting defeat in matters of the heart ain’t depressing enough, Dayton, Ohio’s Dave Doughman has written an entire album from emotional ground zero, wary and worse for the wear. We’ve all been there — relationships break up, nerves break down and we’ve all sworn off romance while cursing ourselves for believing this time would be different. Yet, even as Midwestern misery spills from his drunken late-night confessions with an unsettling bluntness, Doughman refuses to lose hope: “I will go to sleep with the light on just in case you drive by.”

While Swearing at Motorists’ somber and stark second full-length of countrified rock narratives refuses to soften the blows of heartbreak, it also mercifully refuses self-pitying hopelessness. Instead, the duo — including drummer Don Thrasher (ex-Guided by Voices) — attempts to find relief in the contours of its small-city existence: lonesome highways, beers and bars, pot.

These are, of course, only small consolations for the loss of true love in Number Seven Uptown as Doughman sings on the album’s final song, “Always thought I’d be around, but not this time.” Yet, for better or worse, we all know there’s always a next time.

E-mail Jimmy Draper at letters@metrotimes.com.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.