After marking their return with the release of their syrupy bop Sugar last year, Melbourne’s cult pop-mystiques Dorsal Fins today announce their long-awaited third album Star of the Show out Friday 13 May via Dot Dash Recordings / Remote Control. Alongside the announcement comes their triumphant second single & video Sister. A bona-fidé anthem™, Sister roars with quiet intensity, building from a lush bedrock bass groove to a soaring message of connection from co-lead singer Ella Thompson.
Of the single Thompson shares, “Sister is about solidarity and trying to see something from someone else’s perspective and then finding solidarity in that connection. My interpretation of sisterhood is not between only women, but between allies and people that understand, and that can stand together”.
Star of the Show is the group’s first record in six years, peeling back from a cast of nine mates to a record made by the band’s song writing trinity – Liam McGorry, and co-vocalists Ella Thompson & Jarrad Brown. A reimagining that spanned a year of Sundays, Star of the Show allows their funky, soulful roots to come through and collide with some “more jangly” flavours in true eclectic ‘Fins form. The self-referential album title Star of the Show is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the truly collaborative nature of the record. “In some ways Star of the Show is sort of an ironic title because it actually has been the most collective thing we’ve ever done,” explains McGorry. “When you’re collaborating, you never really know how it’s going to go. You each have your own influences, but on this record, we just had a bit more space,” adds Brown. Each of them a prolific songwriter in their own right, McGorry (Ex-Olympian, Saskwatch), Thompson (GL) and Brown (Eagle and the Worm), decided to bring their best ideas to the studio and hold nothing back. On this record, the trio, together with producer and friend John Castle, have distilled the chemistry that sits at the cetacean core of Dorsal Fins, to create a sonic escape that any heartsick or euphoric music lover can swim right into.
Rising from an alt-pop aquatic dream from the Hope/Ovens Street studio mile of Brunswick, Dorsal Fins plunged into the scene in 2015 and have since ventured into a surreal & constantly evolving sound that is all their own. 2015’s debut record Mind Renovation was triple j Feature Album on release and their follow-up second album Digital Zodiac followed swiftly in 2016. With luscious song writing and twin-flame co-vocalists at the helm, it is no surprise that Dorsal Fins quickly earned a reputation for experimental, energetic & immense live shows around the country.
To celebrate their new single & forthcoming album, Dorsal Fins will be performing a special live-filmed show at Melbourne’s Small Time on Wednesday 23 March and have announced their Melbourne album launch at The Night Cat on Friday 24 June, with supports from Karate Boogaloo and DJ Friday. Tickets are on sale now.
Pre-order / pre-save Star of the Show: https://dorsalfins.lnk.to/StarOfTheShow