Young Adelaide quartet DRESS CODE craft delicate, synth-fuelled pop songs to soundtrack blooming sunsets and colourful dreams. With less than two years behind them as a band, DRESS CODE are quickly proving to be an up-and-coming force leading the charge in one of Australia’s most exciting new music destinations.
DRESS CODE’s story began following one fateful show playing together in their respective other musical projects. After an invitation to jam from guitarist Jayden Lugg was extended to vocalist Oliver Miller, bassist
Jack Bielby, and drummer Ben Whaley, the four almost-strangers met for rehearsal, and left with solidified friendship and what was to be their debut single ‘Eyesight’, released in late 2018.
Adelaide’s DRESS CODE return today with another exquisite synth-laden dream pop delight, Candy Heart. The band will debut the loved up single live on Friday 21 February at Crown & Anchor for a special hometown launch show. The band answer some questions about their new single.
How has the response to your new single Candy Heart been?
Its been great! The track got played on both Triple J and Triple J unearthed before its release, that was really cool. People online seem to be loving the song too. It’s been a really great time.
Was the process of making this track as challenging as you thought?Honestly, no. Since our first two singles we’ve spent a lot of time in our home studio, this allows us to write and demo a lot more frequently. So a song has to go through a pretty relentless demoing process before we pursue it properly. The hook for the song came pretty easily, its the exact same as the idea I sent in a (slightly embarrassing) voice memo back in July. I think the trickiest part was making sure the end product did our original idea justice, I think we got there in the end.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
This is a tricky one for us. Our music kind of exists in this weird place between guitar driven indie rock and synth based pop music. My go to is usually 80s inspired indie pop with lush synthesisers and catchy hooks. A kid came up to me after a show not long ago and said we sound like The Stone Roses, I don’t hear it but it made me happy that someone else did- I love a lot of that older jangly English stuff.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Should probably say a songwriter here but as a band we’re heavily into music production and UK engineer Jonathan Gilmore has had a huge impact on us. He’s worked on a lot of hybrid electronic indie stuff coming out of the UK/US lately and his production styles have really changed the way we approach writing our own music.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Our friend Jarred Nettle, who we record with, has really instilled the “do it right or not all’ way of working in us as a band. In the studio we’ll spend as long as we need to on a sound to get it right. It sometimes gets tiresome but it pays off when you listen back to your songs and don’t notice anything you wish you’d done differently.
How did the band get together?
Dress Code started when my old band played with the band Jayden was in at the the time (Mercs) and Bens band (colourblind). After the show Jayden invited Ben and I to come try and write some songs with him, we wrote our song Eyesight in that first session. A few weeks later Jack joined and fit in perfectly. We played our first show with TOWNS in September that year after a few months of practising hard. The first show sold out and we haven’t stopped pushing ourselves since. Its been such a privilege to have been accepted so quickly after our initial inception, we’ve loved every second of it.
What do you love the most about the career you’ve had so far, and what are you most excited about for the future?
The best part about being in a band is making new friends all the time. Most of the people I consider my closest friends I know through Dress Code. Its also just great getting to make cool stuff with your best friends. We love the whole process.
Your music could easily soundtrack a dream – is this the desired affect when you write songs?
I don’t think we’ve ever actually talked about that, “dreamy” is a word that comes up a lot when we talk about the sounds we want to use, so that may be the case. I think a lot more about our songs sound tracking movies, I take a lot of inspiration from 80s/90s movie soundtracks. Sound tracking a dream might be the same thing, its just in your head. Maybe I like that more?
Interview By Rob Lyon
DRESS CODE launch their single Candy Heart on Friday with Keeskea and Cat Lucky. Tickets from MoshTix.