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Local musicians set the tunes for films hitting theaters

Dubb Nubb and Lou Nevins get heard on the big screen

Courtesy of Dubb Nubb

Hannah, Delia and Amanda Rainey of Dubb Nubb started performing in 2008.

March 20, 2014 | 12:00 a.m. CST

Some movie soundtrack tunes exit the theater along with you after the credits roll. After watching The Great Gatsby, you probably sang shamelessly to Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody.” (It’s OK, you can admit it.)

Now, two Columbia acts, indie sister trio solo artist Lou Nevins, are trying to achieve earworm status on the soundtracks for upcoming films. The groups are excited to see the affect of the exposure on their music. They might not be Celine Dion and the movies aren’t Titanic, but having music immortalized on screen is an opportunity many musicians never experience.

Dubb Nubb will have three tracks in the independent film Bread and Butter: “Don’t Ever Find Me” and “Sunrise” from its album Sunrise Sleepy Eyed, and “Where Does the Time Go,” from its newest album, Wild Dreamin’. The film does not yet have a release date.

Bread and Butter chronicles a late-blooming 30-something who is on the age-old quest to “find herself.” She’s suddenly thrown into the world of dating when she has two men pursuing her simultaneously. There are no dolled-up Hollywood stars, no fancy-pants camera work and no high-and-mighty cast or crew. It feels real and unscripted.

This vibe parallels what Dubb Nubb tries to do with its music.

“It’s free,” Hannah Rainey says of the band’s style. Rainey and her sisters Delia and Amanda make up Dubb Nubb. “It’s not trying to be something else. It’s trying to be an individual, but at the same time, maturing and growing with your music and growing with your life.”

Rainey says that Kimya Dawson, who acquired much of her fame as an artist from her tracks on the Juno soundtrack, inspired Dubb Nubb. Dawson is one of its many influences.

“We started writing music when we were 15, kind of when Juno came out,” she says. “This is what I’ve always wanted.”

The opportunity was serendipitous. Rainey says her sister’s friend knew the director and thought the group’s music was a good fit for the film. In 2012, the group and the director, Liz Manashil, were introduced via Facebook message, but weren’t in contact for a year. Naturally, when the film’s music director emailed them, Rainey and her sisters went crazy.

Lou Nevins, a Columbia staple, will join Dubb Nubb in the soundtrack industry. His tune “The Flashlight” is in the social satire Cheap Thrills, which premiered at South by Southwest last year. “The Flashlight” is on Evening Land, a five-track album that Nevins created under the name Fumes. The film will hit select theaters on Friday.

The film shows the struggle of a father, Craig, who completes ridiculous dares with his high school buddy Vince in an effort to earn money from a wealthy couple, and avoid being evicted from his home. Each challenge presents more danger than the last but is worth more money. This black comedy has earned four awards, including the Audience Award at 2013’s SXSW.

Nevins’ loud and heavy rock ’n’ roll hits hard just like the premise of the film, he says. You won’t hear any soft tunes in this thriller. Similar to Dubb Nubb, Nevins connections landed him a spot in the soundtrack. He knows Simon Barrett, who knew the director, and played some of Nevins’ tracks for him when he was looking for music. Nevins still seems lost for words at the opportunity.

“It’s definitely not something I expected, but I’m very excited to hear,” he says. “It’s about to be a nationwide release, so I know a lot of people are going to see it.”

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