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Q&A w/ Sophisticated Dingo

What is your local scene like?

Melbourne is amazing for music. The live music scene is thriving and very diverse. Every night of the week you can find yourself at a gig in close to any genre of your choosing. It’s a brilliant place to cut your teeth as a performer.

What is your favourite track to perform live?

I love playing the newie “YUPPIES”. It’s an opportunity for us to show a few different sides to the audience. It’s quite hooky and light-hearted yet also experimentally expansive and dark. It also has some of the loudest high-energy moments of our live show. All in three minutes!


What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?

I used to listen to a whole bunch of trash when I was younger and I’m sure there are some elements of that going into what we’re doing now but luckily I can’t recognise it too easily. I can definitely hear some influences like Wavves, Bleeding Knees Club and Weezer going into the garage rock and trashy pop sound we are playing with. Also I think The Strokes play a big part in any guitar band trying to write catchy songs that are still cool.

Most people ascribe to one idea or another about how the universe began, what do you reckon about it all?

It’s got to be a bunch of aliens sitting around and playing us all like the pack of chumps we are in some video game type scenario. If there’s a higher power I’d like to think it’s something fun but ultimately quite depressing like that.

All touring bands know that no two venues are created equal. What are some of the best rooms you’ve played and why?

The Grace Darling Basement, Tote Upstairs and the Gasometer Upstairs. All small-capacity rooms in Melbourne that you don’t need too many heads to fill before you’re having a packed house of rowdy-sweaty mosh-pit keen punters going at it!

What is the first song you ever wrote and did it make it onto a release?

The first song we wrote for Dingaz was something like “Dice Roll” or similar to that. It thankfully never made it to a release but we did play it live a bunch of times. Some silly ditty that sounded pretty rock’n’roll without really doing too much for us.

Fuck/Marry/Kill: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter?

Kill: Facebook. It is sucking the absolute life out me.

Fuck: Instagram. Let’s be honest, everybody is fake and in it to look great.

Marry: Twitter. Witty anecdotes that I could definitely live with for 40+ years.

What festival is #1 on your list that you’d love to play one day?

It would have to be Glastonbury I’d say. No festival with such consistently poor weather can hold itself up without being truly magical, surely? The amount of Youtube live sets I’ve watched and seen the flags waving amongst the mud and rain is enough to motivate me to find a way to get on the stage there.

Favourite Simpsons episode? Discuss.

Season 4, Episode 11: “Homer’s Triple Bypass”. I’m not so much for the actual episode’s plot but it’s a winner for me due to the fact it contains this underrated gem of a scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq8cKhZFEow

Are you playing any shows anytime soon?

Indeed we are. We’re off on our YUPPIES TOUR to launch our new single. We are hitting up the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on Saturday April 21 and then heading back to Melbourne to play at the Gasometer Hotel on Thursday May 17.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Rat!hammock: the best damn songwriting out of just about anyone at the moment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwWLbfwN6BU

Fan Girl: A hardworking rock band filled with the most lovely individuals and riff heavy tunes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-PGphn5Mgc

King Cnut & The Waves: Fantastic live band with lots of psych/surf vibe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJFExxpOjTk