DUNE RATS+ THE GOOCH PALMS
Making a punk record is easy. Just ask anyone. Well, anyone who hasn’t actually ever made one, that is. Behind the three chords and drug-soaked lyrics is a whole lot of hard work, planning and in the case of Dune Rats second album, The Kids Will Know It’s Bulls**t, a fair bit of self-reflection since their 2014 self-titled debut.
The trio first album was a fast and furious mission steeped from a letter from Steve Albini to Nirvana that’s proposed they “bang out a record in a couple of days, with high quality but minimal production and no interference from the front office bulletheads”. With this method tried and tested, the boys decided the new album is a different beast. They would take their time, write and rewrite, build and pull apart, until the songs felt right.
The Kids Will Know It’s Bulls**t was written wherever Dune Rats hung their smoking devices: in various beach shacks along the east coast of Australia, in the middle of Joshua Tree and in a speeding RV along a US highway, and recorded at Head Gap in Melbourne. It’s the sound of a band working together with their best friend (Zac Carpenter of FIDLAR), culminating in a 30 minute anxiety trip of stoner pop.
The Kids Will Know It’s Bulls**t is released 7th April 2017 via Ratbag / Warner.
Watch the video for ‘Scott Green’ below:
Plus support from THE GOOCH PALMS
Emerging from the sleepy suburbs of post-industrial Newcastle, Australia, gonzo-punk sweethearts The Gooch Palms have come a long way since recording their first string of lo-fi EPs and debut album Novo’s in their front bedroom back in 2013. From very humble beginnings, not even knowing how to play their instruments only a few years ago to recently playing alongside bands like Violent Soho multiple nights in theatres across Australia, they have chipped away, honing their unique style of indie-doo-wop-bubblegum-punk, playing hundreds of shows and festivals each year and gaining die-hard fans around the world in the process.
In March 2015 the gruesome twosome upped the ante and hit the studio for the first time ever to work with world renowned producer/engineer Bill Skibbe (The Black Keys, The Kills, Fiery Furnaces) to record their sophomore album Introverted Extroverts. Giving fans an insight into what it’s like to be a Gooch Palm and adding a few notches in fidelity to crank it up to mid-fi, Introverted Extroverts was met with rave reviews and a wave of sales that saw the proud DIY band successfully launch their own record label Summer Camp Records in June 2016.
Watch the video for ‘Ask Me Why’ below: