Q&A Scene: Michael Baini – THE SAND DOLLARS

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

Our latest single is called Chops. It’s had several working titles, but we finally settled on our original name for it. For us, it’s one of those tunes that we love to play. It was effortless to write, it’s enjoyable to play, and everything really clicks into place from the count in to the climactic outro.

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

This might be an abstract answer to the question, but I would say everything we are doing at the moment is our favourite version of ourselves so far. The way we are working together, it makes writing and recording fun and simple.

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

It was a while back but on our first tour up the coast we drove a Ford Focus with all our gear, so it was a tight squeeze. To get home we left Brisbane at 4am and drove to Melbourne in a 20hr car trip. Our bassist Xander was asleep in the back seat and snored so loud that he woke himself up and in doing so bumped heads with Michael, who was also asleep. Needless to say it was a tough trip.

What, or who, inspires you?

Our music is inspired by the people dancing to it. It’s sort of a collaboration between the band and the crowd, but we like to create energy for people to get down with, which then make us push for it even further. So we write songs to ameliorate this live energy.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Merry Go Round by Tetsuo Yamashita. It’s a rhythmic masterpiece that not enough people know about.

What’s next for you?

We’re going to be touring in support of Chops and our EP very soon. We’ve got a little armada of artistic collaborators in our pockets currently working on our Cover Art and our Video Clips. Chops is Part 2 of 5 in our video series which accompanies the EP. Apart from that, we are writing and perfection new songs every week with the hope to record them towards the end of the year.

What’s your scene?

We’re still soul searching. Check back in a year and we might have a scene for you.



CHOPS’ is the second single to drop from Tarantino inspired rockers The Sand Dollars much awaited debut EP.

Loaded with angular guitar riffs, an edgy indie-rock melody and a crescendo-esc life of its own, showcasing the band’s prolific songwriting ability. Produced by Nikita Miltiadou who has risen to fame after producing Tash Sultana’s EP Notion with two singles charting in the triple j Hottest 100, including her hit ‘Jungle’ at number 3.

Things are definitely heating up for the Melbourne based quartet with the band nabbing supporting slots to highly regarded Aussie acts Alex Lahey, Kingswood, DZ Deathrays, Jeremy Neale, Architecture in Helsinki, in 2016 and The Living End + The Bennies at the 2017 Australian Open.

Won’t you better, take me out.” belts out lead singer Michael Baini in The Sand Dollars call to action, for all the disco daydreamers who get down every day of the week. “It’s time to recognise the busted moves, the scuffed shoes, and the Gin and Tonics spilled for the groove; all of which form the backbone of the boogie. And to the hopeless romantics out there rethinking their evening at home in a bathrobe drinking a sac de vin, we encourage you to act, because tonight there’s no telling what could happen on the dance floor. And if you try a little harder, your daydreams may turn true. – THE SAND DOLLARS


“I like the surf/western influence on this one. I’m keen to hear where they take this sound.” – TRIPLE J, DOM ALESSIO

LISTEN HERE: https://soundcloud.com/the-sand-dollars/chops/s-ppBGN


Friday 17th March 2017

The Evelyn Hotel

Supported by: Biddlewood, Vanderlay

Tickets: $10





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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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