Q&A Scene: Dave Chirnside ~ DIP ROAD DOGS

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

Labour Day started from playing two chords on keys whilst recovering from Golden Plains festival trying not to cry all over the keyboard. It gradually grew into something we liked and then had the final magic touches added in Nashville thanks to producer Josh Frigo.

It was difficult to choose the lead single for Shakshuka but we settled on Labour Day and think it’s a great lead to rest of the EP.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Shaksuka! It’s a tomato based dish with bits of everything thrown in and can be served for breakfast or dinner. Most of us have lived or worked on tomato farms so it feels like a good base ingredient to our sound. None of us originated in Yemen though so that may not stack up.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

‘I don’t have the time’ is probably fitting as we all work jobs often in different parts of north western Victoria. So, getting together to write and record is not easy, We’d love to be able to do it more often.

‘Lazy’ is one we probably all guiltily relate to also. 

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

The whole Nashville recording trip in July was an amazing whirlwind. We met some incredible musicians and felt we got an authentic Nashville experience. To be able to live and work in Nashville with all that talent at your doorstep would be dream. Lock in at an Atlanta Oyster bar was also a good one.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Long days on the tractor or truck gives plenty of time to dream of riffs or lyrics. We all have similar but ranging tastes in music so we each bring something different to the melting pot whenever we get together.

 Which song do you wish you wrote?

 Too many to say but My Morning Jacket – Dondante or Kasabian – LSF come to mind. We love a raw energetic song building to a crescendo. Andre Boccelli – Time to say goodbye wouldn’t be a bad one to have under the belt either. 

What’s next for you?

In the new year we plan to launch the EP then follow up with some shows and see how we go.

Beyond that we have some more songs to work on and are keen to get back in the studio and make some new ones. 

What’s your scene?

Sitting around a festival campsite with good friends whilst missing most of our favourite bands and regretting it the next day.

Psychedelic Americana Australian four piece, DIP ROAD DOGS, deliver killer new single, LABOUR DAY!

From a dusty dirt track deep in the Mallee come the Dip Road Dogs, recently released their dreamy, driving new single Labour Day, a thoughtful, heavy track, in the vein of Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips.

Purveyors of the finest psychedelic Americana folk rock, Dip Road Dogs have produced a killer single with Labour Day.  Chugging guitars, unstoppable percussion, and hypnotic vocals will lull listeners into a grooving trance, while mesmerising strings provide an all-encompassing bed for the melodies to float upon.  It’s impossible to ignore this irresistible beat. “The single was written at our studio in the middle of the Leaghur Forest in Northern Victoria and recorded in Nashville, Tennessee – funnily enough, we wrote it on Labour Day after a big weekend at Golden Plains,” explains lead vocalist Dave Chirnside.  “We had the music written for almost six months but only got around to writing the lyrics for it the night before we were due to track vocals at the studio in Nashville.  The song is about procrastination, about not being able to write lyrics for a song you have music for – it’s basically about doing your own thing and not letting other people’s opinions prevent you from doing what you want to do.”

Dip Road Dogs are a group of friends who mostly reside in a house on Dip Road in the Mallee – with Oliver living in the far reaches of Western Victoria.  As farmers, they found there was plenty of time and space to work on their tunes whilst stuck on machinery during harvest – so the boys began to put together some songs, as Dave explains, Jack and I had been living on and off at the Dip Road house for three years or so when a mutual friend introduced Matt to the boys and he moved in.  After a few welcome beers, the guitars came out and the rest is history. As none of the us were any good on the drums, Matt’s brother Ollie joined the band and the Dogs were complete.  With all of us being from farms, we have spent plenty of monotonous hours sitting on tractors thinking of riffs and what not which I guess has been positive looking back. Jack actually mastered the Harmonica whilst planting tomatoes!”

Stay tuned for news on the band’s debut EP Shakshuka in early 2020.
Dip Road Dogs is Jack Pay, Dave Chirnside, Oliver Close and Matthew Close.

Labour Day is out now! For more information: FACEBOOK


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