What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
My inspiration to take the leap from audience member into performer came from the punk/ hardcore DIY scene. All of a sudden at these smaller shows you had bands you loved 10 feet away from you after being used to seeing massive acts in stadiums. Watching them I got the idea, “I could just about do that.”
We we’re all in a previous band called funeralbloom and then started this band about 3 years ago.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
It’s an 8 track, 34 minute album titled “Hyper Hollow Heaven”. It’s our debut full length after a couple EPs, singles, remixes, and a cover over the past couple years. It’s being released on à La Carte Records on March 29th and will be available on both vinyl and cassette, as well as a limited VHS visual album. Preorders will be announced early 2022.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Music wise this album was heavily influenced vocally and lyrically by Pulp, Echo and the Bunnymen, David Bowie, and The Cure among many others. Non-musically T.S. Eliot, Adam Curtis, and football (soccer) were all influential in various ways.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
We’ve jokingly called it heatwave because it has a more tropical and warm sound (like the climate we come from) compared to contemporary bands we may be grouped with that are icy and distant.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Albums: Meat is Murder-The Smiths, Closer-Joy Division, Darklands- The Jesus and Mary Chain
Movies: Rushmore, Trainspotting, Quadrophenia
Books: The Great Gatsby, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Brave New World
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Both have their perks and struggles. I think a couple years ago I definitely would have said recording. The best part of being in a band is hearing all of your ideas come together and listening back. But recently I think we’ve started to really hit our groove in our live performance and it’s fast becoming a liberating experience.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
We’ve been in a rudimentary post-punk band before that was immediately the band of the month on a blog in Peru.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I think Working Man’s Ballet is idiosyncratic to us, it could only come from DGL. It’s based off of Alan Hudson’s autobiography of the same name.
On our new album I think D.I.E.I.N.T.H.E.U.S.A. is the most unique. It’s the first ballad type of song we’ve done and shows our Texas roots musically in ways we’ve never explored.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Releasing the album in late March then playing with Choir Boy and Riki in Houston on April 3rd. Also, look out for us on tour later in July to the west coast.
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Photo Credits: Anthony Flores
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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