Stream ‘The Man Who Killed My Father’ below.
Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, what is the band and what is your role in the band?)
I’m Dominic Price, and I’m the songwriter, singer, instrumentalist and producer for my act, Dead Language.
How did the band start?
It all really began back in 2014, just as I was about to start uni. My sister had given me a “cracked” version of Ableton Live, which I used to teach myself music production. It was so appealing because it afforded me so much independence; I could create entire tracks myself without the need for anyone else. Once I was doing that, I started playing shows around Sydney and uploading demos on to SoundCloud.
How would you describe your band?
I make no apologies that my music falls very much into the pop genre. My descriptor of choice is usually “baroque disco” – marrying Justice-style synths with a chamber orchestra.
If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?
Certainly my latest single, The Man Who Killed My Father, fully realises everything I want my sound to be; but it wasn’t until I had written Stockholm a year-and-a-half ago that I felt I had truly arrived – huge, sweeping strings and a square synth!
In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?
I like to think it is my absolute obsession with pop music. I enjoy working in those confines; using the same underlying format again and again to produce something meaningful and unique each time. Pop is playful, it’s joyful – I can sneak in much darker themes lyrically. It allows me to feel safe while also being vulnerable.
Where are people able to hear your songs?
You can find me on SoundCloud, Apple Music, Spotify – pretty much anywhere!
Are you playing any shows anytime soon?
Next month I’ll be playing support for my absolute favourite Australian band at the moment: Froyo! They make stellar John Hughes-style electropop, and I get to play alongside them on 19 May in Sydney.
What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?
Putting together and shooting a music video is undoubtedly my greatest achievement. It’s a huge departure from making just the music. Being able to extend the emotion of the song through visuals and narrative was an opportunity I really cherished.
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
Well, obviously, I’ll say Froyo. But I have to give a shout out both Hollow States, who make the most glorious, sincere indie pop; and to Aela Kae who may just be the best emerging electronic producer I know of.
Anything else you’d like to add?
My debut EP, Like Heart, comes out 26 April!