Friday, November 16, 2012
Introducing: Dick Diver
The music of Melbourne's Dick Diver has a certain scruffiness to it. That doesn't mean that it is sloppy or poorly executed. In fact, it is exciting, high-quality music from a band with great promise. What I'm trying to convey is that their music has a comfortable, well worn vibe to it; it just feels like it belongs in your life. In that way it sounds like little else you'll listen to, despite hints of many other bands you surely have heard.
I make no claim to being an expert, having stumbled on the band after writing a recent post about Melbourne's Boomgates, which shares with Dick Diver one Stephanie Hughes. The other members of the band are Al Montfort on bass, and founders and guitarists Alastair McKay and Rupert Edwards. Steph is listed as a drummer, as well as one of the vocalists, although I seem to recall a video in which she was playing a guitar, so my information may not be current. The name of the band may be taken from a character in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.
In 2011 Dick Diver released the excellent LP New Start Again, which is embedded for your streaming pleasure further down in the post. However, looking forward, the band will be releasing a new LP in 2013 on the Chapter Music label. In the meantime, they have issued the five-track Alice EP. The title track will be on the forthcoming album, but the other for tracks are only available on this EP. You can try it here, and obtain it at the Bandcamp link below.
Here is the opening track from the 2011 LP --
Dick Diver - Through The D from Chapter Music on Vimeo.
The deliciously laid back "Head Back" --
Twitter ( @dick_diver )