Blag Dahlia’s scene is similar to his music – shameless and satisfying. The Dwarves’ singer bluntly states: “My scene is: sex with gorgeous people … and a joint.”
The Dwarves emerged into the garage rock scene in the late ’80s. Thirty years later, Dahlia still feels “bad” when the band is not “taken seriously” and called a ‘shock band’. He states: “If you have nudity, immediately, people don’t take you seriously. Unless there’s an enormous publicity machine behind you telling them they should take you seriously. But for the most part, as soon as you introduce nudity or profanity in the music, you’re really not taken seriously. Again I say unless there are some huge machine behind you in which case we can push it down people’s throats and it’s marketed as transgressive but actually when The Dwarves first started we were more of a 60s garage band. We weren’t known for being super offensive.
But for the most part, as soon as you introduce nudity or profanity in the music, you’re really not taken seriously.”
Though he’s “learnt to embrace” the band being labelled as “punk”, to Dahlia “the definition of punk is people who were not afraid to not sell records, or to have people look down on them for doing what they were doing; it’s the early definition of punk like Blondie, Talking Heads, Ramones, where you didn’t have to sound like everybody else. Now punk kind of means you play at a certain tempo, you have a loud guitar, and you’re in a punk band.”
“To me it’s rock n roll. I don’t play around with all the genres, that all slides into one thing. I mean I like a punk record if it’s good, I like a garage record if it’s good, I like a surf record if it’s good, I like a folk record if it’s good. I like any type of record that is good at what it does. So for me what’s punk, and who’s punk, is never an issue. I mean, fuck, I put my body on the line for this for decades. I don’t think I have to prove to anybody who’s what -it’s pretty obvious. I’m one of the last guys standing. So it’s like: I’m in a rock band and I’m cooler than you.” Always charming, Dahlia quickly adds: “Well. Not cooler than you, the interviewer, but just cooler than the average person you know. I mean I certainly wouldn’t assume that I’m cooler than the person I’m talking to.”
The Dwarves are legends. We deserve it.”
As for touring, Blag states: “You have to have the right attitude about touring. If you’re the kind of person that needs everything just so, then you’ve got a lot of expectations of how everybody else should act, then you’re not going to have a good time on the road. But if you’re able to accept you know the randomness of that life then there are some great rewards to it.”
“Touring? How else is a middle-aged person going to have sex with young attractive people?”
Dahlia’s impressions of Australia are favourable. He exclaims: “I love Australia. It reminds me of the America that I grew up in. People are actually nice to each other and there’s some democracy and some general good feeling about your neighbour. My country has lost that sadly but Australia still seems to have it. I love it, I’ve always had a great time there.” Australian audiences can expect “action” from this tour. Dahlia elaborates: “expect to hear some great songs, we just made a brand new record so you’ll probably hear some new stuff you’ve never heard.
In food form, Blag hopes his music sounds like “ice cream; it looks good, it tastes good, it’s the right thing for you. And it can get kind of messy.”
The DWARVES’ Australian Tour starts tonight.
Go to http://www.thedwarves.com/ for more information.
|04/28/2017||SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA||DWARVES LIVE at Imperial Hotel|
|04/29/2017||HOBART, AUSTRALIA||DWARVES LIVE at Brisbane Hotel|
|04/30/2017||BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA||DWARVES LIVE at Crowbar|
|05/01/2017||GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA||DWARVES LIVE at Miami Tavern Early Show 3pm-7pm|
|05/03/2017||ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA||DWARVES LIVE at Crown & Anchor|
|05/04/2017||PERTH, AUSTRALIA||DWARVES LIVE at The Boston|
|05/05/2017||MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA||DWARVES LIVE at John Curtin Hotel|
|05/06/2017||GEELONG, AUSTRALIA||DWARVES LIVE at Negative Waves Festival Geelong|
|05/07/2017||MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA||DWARVES LIVE at Cherry Rock Festival Melbourne|
The Dwarves are Rock Legends. Birthed in the garage rock revival of the 1980’s over 30 years ago they continue to confound and confront audiences all over the world with searing live shows and masterful new records.
Coming to prominence as one of Sub/Pop’s first signings The Dwarves reputation for live madness earned the fear and loathing of grunge era crowds and the shock and awe of their peers. Between 1988 -92 they performed live with many of the most popular bands of the era including Nirvana, Green Day and the Offspring to name just a few. 1990’s “Blood Guts & Pussy” LP with its no nonsense punk rock and disturbing cover art helped to awaken a nation anaesthetized by hair metal and cry baby flannel. The LP’s “Thank Heaven For Little Girls” and “Sugarfix” came next.
Following the death of guitarist HeWhoCanNotBeNamed The Dwarves signed to Epitaph and proceeded to do for pop punk what they had done for grunge, making “The Dwarves Are Young & Good Looking” and “Come Clean” the definitive LPs of the skateboard punk era.
By the turn of the century The Dwarves had toured Europe and the US extensively and as well as Japan and Australia. Appearances on television and radio and dozens of song placements in film and TV solidified their legendary status. In 2005 “The Dwarves Must Die” (Sympathy) was hailed as their most eclectic album yet with producer Eric Valentine and a cast of underground notables featured in cameos that had the dying recording industry buzzing until they remembered who The Dwarves actually were. 2011 saw the release of “The DWARVES Are Born Again” returning to the punk ferocity of yesteryear, but continuing the genre defying experiments their fans now demanded.
With 2014 upon us, over 1200 shows under their belt and three decades of sickness to draw from, The Dwarves continue their assault on good taste with “THE DWARVESINVENTED ROCK ‘N’ ROLL” (Recess/Greedy). The relentless middle finger drive, catchy songwriting and deft production that set The Dwarves apart have never sounded better. And let’s face it, there’s only one punk band left that matters, so catch them soon at a theater, nightclub or crackhouse near you!
THE DWARVES INVENTED ROCK ‘N’ ROLL