Q&A Scene: DIANA RADAR

Tell us about your new single/ album/tour.

Our new single Sex Sells and video has just dropped.

We wanted to create something that was palatable and could be listened to by anyone but still presented some real grit and energy.

People have shorter attention spans these days, so we wanted to create something that demanded the viewers’ attention regardless of whether they liked it or not.

What’s your favorite work at this point in time?

Probably the stuff we’ve written recently, looking back on our old stuff we reckon it kinda stinks, but in six months we reckon we’ll be looking back on the stuff that we reckon is killer now, and think it also stinks too.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

We spent a couple of months taking a VHS camera around with us filming a clip. The camera was ancient, the battery didn’t work at all, so we had to take ridiculously long extension cords with us wherever we went. One evening we filmed a couple of mates listening to one of our song’s full blast, and briefed them to, ‘Do stupid shit.’ Things we’re fairly tame, dancing around and yelling, but then things really escalated when someone pulled out a jar of Vic’s Vapor rub and got it in someone’s eye. We excitably went back to check out the killer footage only then we realised we forgot to press record?!

What, or who, inspires you?

At the moment, King Gizzard, you can’t knock their work ethic.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Ode To Street Hassle by Spacemen Three.
The more you listen to this song the more the music becomes progressively hypnotic and tranquil. It’s a prime example of just how progressive and powerful music can be with a few repetitive chords and a bass drum keeping time.

What’s next for you?

We have our launch show at the Grace Darling Feb 23rd. Other than that our focus is to continue writing, recording and touring  new material.

What’s your scene?

Rock and roll and 80¢ coffees from Coles Express.

Thanks for having us… DR! Rory, Luke, Jay and Wes ~ DIANA RADAR

Catch DIANA RADAR at The Grace Darling, Collingwood on February 23 for their first Melbourne show this year.

Diana Radar’s new single builds, tornado like, twisting from a proto-post-punk opening into a forceful, grinding, garage back-end, creating a single that’s loaded with grit, ‘realness’ and emotion.

Diana Radar’s new sound follows a twelve month hiatus and major line-up change. In that time the four piece wrote an albums worth of material between their Carlton share house and Bakehouse Studios in Richmond.

The songs were pre-produced at an aunt’s seldom used beach house in Anglesea before being tracked at Sing Sing Studios Richmond where the engineering and co-production was lead by Lachlan Wooden (Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Primary Colours, Archie Roach – Journey).

The final songs were mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring).  The music video was directed by Melbourne music photographer Jay Hynes and was shot back at the band’s Carlton share house, taking the project full circle.

Diana Radar are back playing live and will be touring in 2018. You can get an earful at The Grace Darling, Collingwood on February 23, for their first Melbourne show this year.

Diana Radar are:

Rory – Vocals/Guitar

Jay – Guitar

Luke – Bass

Wes – Drums

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