Dynamic Melbourne duo Sophisticated Dingo are stoked to return today with their newest surf-infused trash pop offering, Vultures. Combing through elements of surf rock, 60s guitar melodies, thrashing percussion, and a daring dose of pop sensibility, Vultures dives into familiar yet refreshing territory for the beloved two-piece as they make a triumphant homecoming to the musical sphere. Lew answers some questions for Hi Fi Way.
How has the response to your new single Vultures been?
Well since it hasn’t come out yet I don’t know haha. I do know though that as I sit here and watch the spread of COVID-19 evolve around Australia and the world it is clear that this is a time of unease and uncertainty. As the state of affairs changes quite drastically on a day-to-day basis it does feel odd that we are about to embark on releasing a new song. To do something that would usually elicit such joy and celebration for the hard work it takes to prepare yet this time feels secondary to the unprecedented events unfolding around us is a situation that we haven’t faced before.
With that very much in mind it does feel odd but it also brings a newly inspired energy to release Vultures. Without the reward of being able to embark on a tour to support this song with a live show, with plans for further releases thrown up into the air this release now comes with a very clear aim: to bring some joy into people’s days when they listen to it and hopefully a sense of normality amongst all the craziness that we are going through. If we can do any of that for anyone who listens, then I will be over the moon. We love the song, are proud of the hard work we put into bringing it to life and are ecstatic to release new music for the first time in almost 18 months.
Was the process of making this track as challenging as you thought?
Writing the song was very natural with the tune emerging from a jam one day at rehearsal. It was one of those moments where everything was flowing nicely between between Jimmy and I and then suddenly the whole song seemed to form a path for us to follow. Then from there with a few phone recordings it all just seemed to fall into place. Those songs are my favourite to pursue writing because there is so much energy there from the start that it is just about finding the right things to fill the gaps with.
Recording-wise it was relatively smooth to track. I feel that we have improved our playing a lot since we recorded our first EP so we were able to perform Vultures in a way that represented the sounds we wanted to make. We also worked with the extraordinary Sam Swain (RAT!hammock) who made everything insane we wanted to do with the track seem easy to achieve (when it probably was not at all).
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
I think garage-rock puts you in the ballpark for what we sound like. I’ve always thought that “trash-pop” is the most accurate you could go with us though. We play pop songs that have been thrown around a bit so they have a rough edge to them.
Who would you consider to be your biggest influence on music and why?
I think Tim Rogers is my go to for drawing inspiration in writing music. His songs and writing in general deliver such a strong voice of character that I can either identify with or picture myself alongside in the scene. I think being exposed to his art has driven me to want to create more myself. Whether any of his prowess has transferred to my writing efforts is another question.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Do what you love and do it well.
How did the band get together?
Jimmy and I have been mates since we were 12. We both had a desire to be up on the stage and were always in the same circles so it just made sense that this band came to be.
What do you love most about the career you’ve had so far, and what are you most excited about for the future?
Well we haven’t made music a career as of yet but I love that we have been lucky enough to play so many fantastic shows where we have played our songs to plenty of people that haven’t told us to piss off. I look forward to hopefully not being told to piss off in the future.
Tell us an interesting fact about each member of the band!
Jimmy loves plants and I have a hole in my neck.
Interview By Rob Lyon
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