The Dust-Ups are an original four-piece alt.country/Americana band from north/central New Jersey. Influenced by alt.country pioneers such as Old 97’s and Whiskeytown and country legends like Johnny Cash, their sound blends a down-home country sound with punk rock energy.
While they all call New Jersey home today, The Dust-Ups’ origins span from New Orleans (lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Ryan Chatelain) to Quebec (bassist Stephen Swalsky). Aside from their collection of mostly lively, catchy songs, perhaps the most intriguing aspect of their live show is watching multi-instrumentalist Joe Palmisano shift back and forth from lead guitar to pedal steel to mandolin, ensuring the band’s sound never gets stale. The Dust-Ups also include drummer Alek Speck, who toured the world with the indie rock band Run Run Run.
The Dust-Ups, who formed in 2022, plan to begin work this summer on their debut album.