The Dead Love have played the long game and as much as bass player Clint Ossington avoids the term, they’ve taken the DIY route. From booking, to recording and mixing and undoubtedly negotiating their rider. As the pulse of post-punk (or whichever sub-genre tickles your pickle) began beating again thanks to Violent Soho catalyst we have been blessed with good times and heavier beats. Goodbye flower crowns…
The Dead Love’s online description reads like the most honest Tindr profile ever; playing tunes and drinking booze. In between discussions of ‘shit grunge’ being a genre, supporting Cold Chisel and the mastering the ideal level of intoxication while working, Clint talked us through their new single ‘Original’.
“We tend to say “nah nah nah nah nah nah nah” a lot, it’s one of those inner-band banter things y’know? We were just fucking around and I think Miles might have been singing the chorus but just going “nah nah nah nah nah nah,” Ossington explains.
Take a guess at what the chorus is… but it works. There are literary devices which could be utilised to dissect why this is so but it’s best left to Clint.
“I mean look at Gwen Stefani – Bananas. People have got to be able to sing along and it has to be fun.”
This shit is Nah Nah Nah. N. A.H. N.A.H. N.A.H.
“Stevie [vocals] brought in the majority of that, he just had a riff and a melody, and it was pretty much the crux of the song. It was fully one of those bangers that we just started banging out in the room, I was like dude that rules it’s so fun,” he explains.
Despite their goon-like attitude to life, the band have been writing long enough together and take the process seriously to put out tracks worthy of the audiences they are earning while touring with the likes of DZ Death Rays, Dune Rats and You Am I.
“I think you can tell when it’s heavier that it’s a track where I’ve played a pretty integral part of writing it. But he’s (Stevie) been in a prolific writing phase recently for this record and bringing in the core of it then we just bring in the grooves or the harmonies. But if it’s a great vibe in the room and a great song then we’re gonna work it until it’s done.”
Release: ‘Ordinary’ shares the same level of larrikin layers as the band but class clowns can still be the tightest band even while ‘business drunk’.
The Dead Love are to beer what The Bennies are to weed.
Photo by Brandon Lung
Written by James Mac