Friday, 7 February 2014

The Dead Elected Q&A

Your name:
Tim Paul.

Where are you from?
I'm from New Zealand, but the rest of the guys are Australian. We're based in Melbourne.

Name of band:
The Dead Elected.

Who else is in your band? 
Tony Phanvongsa is our lead guitarist, Dan Bretherton is our bass-playing chum and we have Pottsy on the drums.

How would you describe yourselves?
Our music comes firmly under the alternative rock umbrella, but we add things like grunge, funk, dream pop, electronic and spanish music in to the mix. It's a very hard-hitting, powerful sound, a recipe that we hide in a vault behind banks of lasers and CCTV cameras.

Who are your main influences musically?
We love all sorts, Smashing Pumpkins, RHCP, Tool, St Vincent, Talking Heads, Land of Talk, The Smiths, QOTSA, Massive Attack and of course Radiohead. There's even some weird influences in there like Debussy and 90's video game music.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Realistically we want to be able to afford buying couches. But in the meantime we aim to create thinking man's music. We'd Love to play on Jools Holland one day too...

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
We recorded our first EP and got a gig at Melbourne's 'Rock the Bay' festival within the space of a week, which for a fledgling, young band is pretty terrific.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Our unending search for a bassist the wonderful Dan. We eventually got him, mind!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
'When I was a Boy'. It's a powerful, fuzzed-up opener to our EP that showcases our willingness to texture our music with things like harmonies, marching chants and acoustic guitar ensembles. But its very accessible.

Where can we listen to it? 

Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Yes. If you play our music backwards on a record player, we recommend buying a new needle to replace it. Thank you

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