Wednesday, September 28, 2016

"Staying Up At Night" by Dag

Modern life makes many demands.  At any point in the day my mind is multi-tasking on various projects that require immediate attention, while dealing with the clutter of secondary demands, random noise, additional scheduling demands and the need to have a life.  Sometimes music has to take a back seat to all that.  But other times a song cuts through the clutter like a sharp knife, with a melody that burrows into my brain and lyrics that seem to speak directly to me.  Such a song is "Staying Up At Night" by Melbourne's Dag.  The song is an instant classic of folk-rock melodic melancholy, with a chugging rhythm, a jangling guitar background, and a tinge of country.  Fans of Australian indie will detect favorable parallels to The Go-Betweens and the Cannanes.

Frontman and songwriter Dusty Anastassiou founded the Dag in Brisbane, moved to Melbourne, and now has signed with Bedroom Suck Records.  For the recording, he recruited mates Matt Ford, Josh Watson, and Skye McNicol.  The band's first album, Benefits of Solitude, will be released by Bedroom Suck on February 24, 2017.  The single "Staying Up At Night" is available now from Bedroom Suck Records.

Bedroom Suck Records page for "Staying Up At Night"
Bandcamp for previous releases

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