An indie band who’ve been constructing their fan base with greater than 100 stay exhibits since debuting in 2017, Sydney’s Dande and The Lion’s newest launch is the only ‘More durable To Breathe’.
Influenced by the likes of The Bare and Well-known, Wolf Alice, Metric and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dande and The Lion fuse synth-pop with indie rock, and are fronted by twin entrance ladies Abbey Gardner and Natassa Zoe.
“‘More durable To Breathe’ is a track about reflecting on a time while you had been influenced to a degree the place you now not recognised your self,” Abbey says.
“It is acknowledging that this individual modified your core, however you are not going to let it occur once more as a result of you may see now that their affect wasn’t coming from a spot of affection.”
The follow-up to their earlier 2022 single ‘Low-cost Alternative’, ‘More durable To Breathe’ was recorded with ARIA-nominated producer Xavier Dunn (Jack River, GRAACE), and blended and mastered by Klaus Hill (Masked Wolf).
“I bear in mind having a d&m session with the band in regards to the state of affairs, and having all of them hype me up,” provides Abbey. “Shortly after, we had been jamming on ‘More durable To Breathe’ and the lyrics simply flowed so simply.
“‘More durable To Breathe’ initially began being created whereas we had been listening to a number of Tigertown’s music, particularly ‘Lonely Cities’.
“We wished to strive writing a track with an anti-chorus and as soon as we began jamming on the concept, the track wrote itself.”
Right here, the band’s bass participant Nick sits down for a chat about their music, being animal lovers and that one time they employed a last-minute substitute drummer as they drove to the present.
Who’s… Dande and The Lion is an Australian/ UK indie pop-rock band fronted by twin vocalists Abbey Gardner (synth) and Natassa Zoë (guitar), with Nicholas Shea (bass) and Chris Gabriel (drums).
We sound like… We’re undecided who we sound like, however we’re vastly influenced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Jezabels, Wolf Alice, The Bare and Well-known.
Our first gig… As a four-piece; The Bridge Resort in Rozelle amongst the COVID lockdown legal guidelines.
When did you decide on the group’s identify, and was it a unanimous determination… Sure, it was an unanimous determination. There have been just a few names flying round and Tass was making an attempt some dandelion tea sooner or later and simply put it to the band and that was it.
Within the studio we normally… Take heed to Natassa’s current day occasions, whereas Nick snacks on some meals, as Abbey tries to discover a lead or energy cable that works, leaving Chris sitting patiently ready for the remainder of us. Sooner or later we really choose up our devices and begin enjoying.
If we might tour with anybody… Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wolf Alice, The Bare and Well-known, The Treatment.
Social media is… A catch-22. Ahh, however how else is one going to listen to my music?
My favorite app in the mean time is… The calendar. Not solely does the telephone present the time, however it could actually additionally present you the day.
Thus far, our most embarrassing second was the time… We had been heading to Newcastle from Sydney and discovered that Chris would not have the ability to make it. So whereas driving up we put an advert out on socials and acquired a random drummer to satisfy us on the present.
With no rehearsal or information of the songs or heads up of what the adjustments had been, we dragged this poor man by means of a gruelling 40-minute set, and drove again in silence vowing by no means to do this once more. I assume if anybody goes to rightly butcher your individual songs, it could as nicely be you.
Life on the highway will be… Epic. Enjoying your individual music and assembly new individuals. We handle to benefit from no matter state of affairs and it undoubtedly helps that all of us get alongside. Besides Chris.
For those who’ll have us in your invoice, all we ask is that our rider accommodates… Whisky, Seltzers, water, UP&GO for Chris.
Essentially the most scary situation we have discovered ourselves in, was… All in the identical gig. Abbey misplaced her voice on the primary track and needed to sing an octave decrease for the rest of the set, Tass was coping with an outage on the backline amp, Chris’s drum pad stopped working mid set, and one way or the other we managed to get by means of it.
What superstar/ well-known individual would you like to be spokesperson of the band… Woody Harrelson – he’d be entertaining and doubtless a cool individual to hold with. I do know for positive that Tass could be sport to satisfy Meryl Streep and Karen O.
For those who needed to stay in a metropolis overseas, the place would you select and why? London. Tass has fam close to there and it will be cool to see and tour the remainder of the world. LA can also be prime of the checklist.
Three individuals you would like to ask round for a cocktail party… David Bowie, Prince and Robin Williams. Little doubt they’d have some entertaining tales and helpful data, and being ghosts means we would not must cater for a lot.
If we had been coming over to your house, what would you cook dinner us? Pizza.
On the subject of pets are you a lover or hater of our furry associates? Big lovers. Abbey has a canine. Chris has a canine. Tass has a canine. Nick is a canine.
Regardless of the expense, ship me a case of… Diablo Shiraz and Japanese whiskey – can we’ve got a blended case?
The final time I noticed the within of a gymnasium was… 2016. . . it was 12 months.
What is the one chore you dislike essentially the most? Vacuuming.
Do you might have any phobias… I feel we’re all phobia free. Boring, I do know.
Would you ever partake in a actuality present? No. Perhaps ‘Band In A Bubble’ and we might simply document an album.
For those who might prank any of your folks, who’s your goal, and the way are you bringing them down? I would give them a bag of Maltesers with none cause. Random acts of kindness would simply mess them up and so they’d be questioning why.
Finest native takeaway joint for a midnight feed that can depart you with a meals coma? Kebabs was the final, drunken-stagger, homeward-bound meal the band had collectively.
Which fictional character greatest describes your persona? Clearly Batman.
Final present you binge-watched? ‘Ozark’. The appearing was incredible.
Dande and The Lion play La La La’s (Wollongong) 22 December.